Demjanjuk to remain free pending appeal

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 9:19 AM
Demjanjuk to remain free pending appeal

Munich prosecutors say they have dropped their objection to the court-ordered release of John Demjanjuk as he awaits the outcome of the appeal of his conviction on Nazi war crimes charges.

Spokeswoman Barbara Stockinger said Friday that Demjanjuk has been living in a Bavarian nursing home and shown no signs of being a danger to flee, so her office saw no chance of success for its appeal.

The 91-year-old retired autoworker was convicted May 12 of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found he served as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.

He was sentenced to five years in prison but was immediately released pending his appeal, which could take as long as two years, after the court ruled he was not a flight risk.