Court throws out Nazi massacre case
A German court has thrown out the case of a former SS man accused of involvement in the largest civilian massacre in Nazi-occupied France.
The Cologne state court said there is not enough evidence to bring 89-year-old Werner C to trial for accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 slaughter in Oradour-sur-Glane in south-western France, in which 642 men, women and children were killed.
The court said the suspect, whose last name was not released in line with German privacy laws, does not deny being in the village but said he never fired a shot or participated in the massacre in any other way.
It added that neither documentary evidence nor witness statements are able to prove he took part.