A 96-year-old man has been declared fit for prison after being convicted of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews

A former SS officer known as the Bookkeeper of Auschwitz has been declared fit to go to prison.
Oskar Groening, 96 was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four years in prison.

He saw an appeal rejected in November but has remained free pending a decision on his fitness for prison.

Kathrin Soefker, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Hannover, told news agency DPA they have rejected a defence application for a reprieve on serving the sentence,  Metro UK reports

She said a doctor considers Groening fit to go to prison as long as there is appropriate medical care.

There has been no formal summons yet for him to start serving his sentence.
Speaking when he was sentenced, Groening said: ‘No one should have taken part in Auschwitz.
‘I know that. I sincerely regret not having lived up to this realisation earlier and more consistently. I am very sorry.’

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