Germany: defense seeks acquittal of former Auschwitz guard

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A defense lawyer is calling for the acquittal of a 94-year-old former Auschwitz death camp guard being tried in Germany as an accessory to murder.

In closing arguments Saturday, defense lawyer Johannes Salmen said the trial at the Detmold state court produced no evidence that defendant Reinhold Hanning was directly involved in specific crimes, news agency dpa reported. He said Hanning never killed or beat anyone.

Prosecutors are seeking a six-year-prison sentence. They argue that Hanning is guilty of being an accessory to murder in at least 100,000 cases.

Hanning in April admitted serving as an Auschwitz guard. He said he was ashamed that although he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it.

A verdict is expected Friday.