10-year-old severely beaten by teenagers

A 10-year-old boy was taken to hospital with serious internal injuries after being beaten up by two 14-year-old twins and an 11-year-old accomplice, police said Tuesday.

10-year-old severely beaten by teenagers
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The incident occurred last Friday near the central town square of Bad Pyrmont in the state of Lower Saxony. It is not yet clear what motivated the attack, in which the boys reportedly knocked the boy to the ground with their fists and then kicked him repeatedly.

“A witness saw the incident and separated the attackers from the victim,” Udo Nacke, head of the Bad Pyrmont police told the website of news magazine Der Spiegel. The woman then passed the boy on to his parents, who took him to a child hospital in the nearby town of Hamelin.

He spent three days in hospital being treated for abdominal trauma, but was released Tuesday. “He is doing okay,” said Nacke.

The victim is said to have known his attackers from school, but was not friends with them. He told the police he did not do anything to provoke the attack.

Nacke said the twins have been arrested in the past for assault and theft. They will be questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday.

DPA/The Local/bk

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101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

A 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard on Monday once again denied being complicit in war crimes during the Holocaust as his trial drew to a close in Germany.

101-year-old former Nazi guard pleads innocent in German trial

Josef Schütz, the oldest person so far to face trial over Nazi crimes during World War II, is accused of involvement in the murders of 3,518 prisoners at the Sachsenhausen camp in Oranienburg, north of Berlin, between 1942 and 1945.

The pensioner, who now lives in Brandenburg state, has pleaded innocent throughout the trial, saying he did “absolutely nothing” and was not aware of the gruesome crimes being carried out at the camp.

“I don’t know why I am here,” he said again at the close of the proceedings, his voice wavering.

Dressed in a grey shirt and pyjama bottoms and sitting in a wheelchair, Schütz insisted he had had nothing to do with the atrocities and was “telling the truth”.

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Prosecutors say he “knowingly and willingly” participated in the crimes as a guard at the camp and are seeking to punish him with five years behind bars.

But Schütz’s lawyer, Stefan Waterkamp, said that since there were no photographs of him wearing an SS uniform, the case was based on “hints” of his possible involvement.

“As early as 1973, investigators had information about him but did not pursue him. At the time, witnesses could have been heard but now they are all dead or no longer able to speak,” Waterkamp said.

Former Nazi guard

The 101-year-old former Nazi guard covers his face at the Neuruppin courthouse. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Fabian Sommer

It would be a mistake for the court to try to “make up for the mistakes of a previous generation of judges”, the lawyer said.

Antoine Grumbach, 80, whose father died in Sachsenhausen, told AFP Schuetz “does not want to remember”, calling it “a form of defence”.

The trial was not just about “putting a centenarian in prison”, he said. It had also produced evidence that Sachsenhausen was an “experimental extermination camp”.

“All the cruellest methods were invented there and then exported,” Grumbach said.

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