Accused Nazi camp guard threatens hunger strike

John Demjanjuk holds a sign 1627, the number of a Soviet investigative file on him the defense says has hundreds of pages of details, as he is brought into the courtroom in Munich, southern Germany, Feb. 22, 2011. AP

MUNICH - John Demjanjuk says he will go on hunger strike if a German court does not pursue more evidence that he says could exonerate him of charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard.

A former Soviet soldier during World War II, the 90-year-old Demjanjuk is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder on allegations that he agreed to serve as a guard in the Sobibor death camp after being captured. The retired Ohio autoworker denies having ever served as a guard.

Demjanjuk Defense: Soviets Tortured Witnesses

A now-deceased former Sobibor guard told Soviet interrogators he remembered Demjanjuk from the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Demjanjuk entered court Tuesday holding a sign reading "1627" — the number of a Soviet investigative file on him the defense says has hundreds of pages of details — and accused the court of staging a "political show trial."

The Munich state court has rejected requests to push for the file, saying it is a defense "hypothesis" there is relevant evidence in it.

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