Demjanjuk Makes No Final Statement at War Crimes Trial

Judges reject defense requests to seek more evidence in the accused Nazi death camp guard's trial, which has lasted for nearly 18 months.

Accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk has rejected a judge's offer to make a final statement at his war crimes trial as a German court nears a verdict in the 91-year-old's war crimes trial.

Asked by judges whether he wanted to say any final words Thursday, Demjanjuk - speaking through an interpreter - replied: No.

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Image released by the U.S. Department of Justice Feb. 21, 2002 showing annotations made by the Department of Justice on a section of a World War II-era SS identity card.AP

The judges also rejected defense requests to seek more evidence in the trial, which has lasted for nearly 18 months. The trial was to resume at 1030 GMT, when a verdict is expected.

The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk is charged with 28,060 counts of accessory to murder - matching the number of people who died during the time span he was allegedly a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Demjanjuk denies ever serving as a Nazi guard.