Nazi guard to be freed Thursday: German court

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Convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk will be freed later Thursday because of his age, because he cannot travel and pending a possible appeal, a court in Munich, Germany said.

Earlier Thursday the same court convicted Demjanjuk, 91, of helping to kill almost 30,000 people while a guard at the Sobibor death camp in World War II, sentencing him to five years in prison.

"He will be freed today," Margarete Noetzel, a spokeswoman for the court, told AFP. Another reason, she said, was that Demjanjuk was not seen as posing a danger to the public.

Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, deported to Germany from the United States in 2009, cannot travel because he is stateless, having been stripped of his US citizenship in 2002 for lying about his war record on immigration forms.

His son John Demjanjuk Jr. said that his family planned to appeal Thursday's conviction.

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