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Nazi to appeal conviction for role in murder of 170,000 people

Reinhold Hanning
Reinhold Hanning

A 94-year-old former SS sergeant who served as a guard at the Auschwitz death camp is to appeal against his conviction on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

The Detmold state court said in a statement on Monday that Reinhold Hanning's legal team has filed appeals against the June 17 verdict, as have lawyers representing nine Auschwitz survivors or their families who were 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 from 1942 to 1944 and sentenced to five years in prison.

He will remain free until the appeals process is complete.