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Germany court confirms wanted Nazi doctor is dead

The regional court in Baden-Baden, Germany announced on Friday that it is ending its inquiry into Aribert Heim, a wanted Nazi war criminal known as "Dr. Death." Heim was accused of experimenting on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, including performing operations and amputations without anesthesia to test the limits of pain tolerance and killing thousands of people. German prosecutors stated that Heim's son and lawyer provided sufficient evidence [BBC report] to prove that Heim had been living under an assumed identity, Tarik Hussein Farid, in Cairo and died of bowel cancer in 1992. Reports initially surfaced in 2009 that Heim was dead. The hunt for Heim was extensive, extending even to South America [JURIST report].

International courts have been working to locate and try against Nazi war crimes suspects. In August German prosecutors announced that they were contemplating [JURIST report] bringing charges against an 87-year-old man suspected of having been an SS guard at the Auschwitz [JURIST news archive] concentration camp. Earlier that month the High Court of Australia [official website] rejected a request [JURIST report] by the nation of Hungary to extradite a Nazi war crimes suspect. Also that month, Slovakian authorities announced that they have filed new charges [JURIST report] against a 97-year-old Hungarian man arrested in Budapest last month on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust.

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