Germany shelves Nazi crimes probe of US man

German prosecutors say they’ve shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. Munich prosecutor Peter Preuss told the AP on Friday that his office had made its decision in the case of Michael Karkoc based on “comprehensive

medical documentation” from doctors at the geriatric hospital in the US where he is being treated. The German investigation began after the AP published a 2013 story establishing that Karkoc commanded a unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children, then lied to immigration officials to enter the United States after the war. Karkoc’s family has denied he was involved in any war crimes.



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