Ex-Auschwitz Guard Appeals 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder Conviction

Reinhold Hanning was found guilty of helping the death camp function in his service as a guard there from 1942 to 1944 and sentenced to five years in prison.

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Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, sits in a courtroom before his verdict in Detmold, Germany, June 17, 2016.
Defendant Reinhold Hanning, a 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz death camp, sits in a courtroom before his verdict in Detmold, Germany, June 17, 2016. Credit: Bernd Thissen/Pool, Reuters
The Associated Press

A German court says a 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as an Auschwitz guard is appealing his conviction on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

The Detmold state court said in a statement Monday that Reinhold Hanning's attorneys had both filed appeals of the June 17 verdict, as had lawyers representing nine Auschwitz survivors or their families as co-plaintiffs at the trial.

Further details were not immediately announced.

Hanning was found guilty of helping the death camp function in his service as a guard there from 1942 to 1944 and sentenced to five years in prison. 

He'll remain free, however, until the appeals process is complete.

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