German court throws out case against former SS man accused of massacre, for lack of evidence

A German court says it has thrown out the case of a former SS man accused of involvement in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.

The Cologne state court said Tuesday there is not enough evidence to bring 89-year-old Werner C. to trial for accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in southwestern France, in which 642 men, women and children were killed.

The court says the suspect, whose last name was not released in line with German privacy laws, does not deny being at the village but says he never fired a shot or participated in the massacre in any other way.

It says neither documentary evidence nor witness statements are able to prove he took part.