The suspect of 96 years of Nazi war crimes, who is suspected of crimes committed by a Nazi group, flees ahead of trial

The suspect of 96 years of Nazi war crimes, who is suspected of crimes committed by a Nazi group, fl ...

BERLIN, Sept 30, A 96-year-old German woman was convicted on Thursday on charges of aiding and abetting mass murder in taser concentration camp during World War Two after failing to turn up for her trial, prosecutors said.

Between 1943 and 1945, Irmgard Furchner is accused of having contributed as an 18-year-old to the murder of 11,412 people when she was a typist at the Stutthof concentration camp.

However, her trial in the far north town of Itzehoe was not possible in her absence.

"The defendant departed her home early this morning and took a taxi to an unknown location," court spokesperson Frederike Milhoffer stated.

A warrant for arrest has been issued, according to a spokesperson. Itzehoe is a 100 km (60 miles) away border town of Itzzehenhue.

Furchner had been detained, and a doctor was now looking at whether her health would allow her to be imprisoned, according to Milhoffer.

She stated that the next hearing was scheduled for October 19, and she said.

Because of the huge media interest, lawyers hurried around the makeshift courtroom that had been rigged up in a nearby industry park. Furchner's chair, which was marked with her name, remained empty, but it was a waste of time.

Furchner, who faces trial in an adolescent court due to her young age at the time of the alleged crimes, is present in court in person, and charges cannot be read until she is able to be heard in the court until her own day.

She is the latest in a series of nonagenarians to be charged with Holocaust crimes in what is seen as ludicrous by prosecutors to take the ultimate opportunity to enact justice for the victims of some of the worst mass murders in history.

Despite the fact that prosecutors sentenced major perpetrators in the 1960s "Frankfurt Auschwitz Trials," the practice until the 2000s was to leave lower-level suspects alone.

Furchner transcribed execution orders dictated to her by camp commandant Paul-Werner Hoppe, who was convicted of accessory to murder in 1955, according to Der Spiegel. Furchner had written to the judge asking for him to be tried in absentia, a legal inability in Germany, according to The magazine.

Oskar Groening, dubbed the "accountant of Auschwitz" for his job recording valuables seized from deportees when they arrived at the extermination camp, was sentenced to four years in 2016 for accessory to murder, though he died before his sentence could start.

Bruno D., 93, was sentenced last year for murdering 5,230 people as a guard at Stutthof. Despite his age, he was also tried in a youth court because despite his condition, at the time of the crimes.

Between 1939 and 1945, around 65,000 people died in the concentration camp near Gdansk in today's Poland, of hunger and disease, or in its gas chamber, including prisoners of war and Jews caught up in Nazis' extermination battle.

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