War­crimes sus­pect dies in US

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

AN 89-YEAR-OLD sus­pected Nazi war crim­i­nal who was due to be ex­tra­dited to stand trial in Ger­many has died.

Jo­hann Breyer passed away on Tues­day night at a Philadel­phia hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to his lawyer Den­nis Boyle said Wed­nes­day.

Mag­is­trate Ti­mothy Rice had ap­proved the ex­tra­di­tion re­quest only hours be­fore.

Mr Breyer, 89, who had been treated for heart dis­ease and de­men­tia in the past, was hos­pi­talised ahead of the ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing.

The re­tired tool­maker, who had lived in Philadel­phia since 1952, had been in fed­eral cus­tody since he was ar­rested last month.

He was fac­ing ex­tra­di­tion on a charge of be­ing an ac­ces­sory to the mur­der of Jews and others at Auschwitz.

The Ger­man au­thor­i­ties is­sued a war­rant for his ar­rest in 2013 on 158 counts of mur­der — one for ev­ery train­load of peo­ple taken to the death camp be­tween May and Oc­to­ber 1944.

Mr Breyer, who was born in what is now Slo­vakia, has ad­mit­ted to be­ing a guard at the death camp but de­nied in­volve­ment in war crimes, claim­ing he worked in a part of the camp where no mur­ders were com­mit­ted.

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