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German prosecutors say doctors did not hasten Demjanjuk’s death

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November 27, 2012 | 1:17 pm

John Demjanjuk, in a Jerusalem court on April 25, 1988, crosses himself after hearing his death sentence, which was later overturned as a case of mistaken identity. (Israel Government Press Office via Wikipedia)

John Demjanjuk, in a Jerusalem court on April 25, 1988, crosses himself after hearing his death sentence, which was later overturned as a case of mistaken identity. (Israel Government Press Office via Wikipedia)

Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk's death was not hastened by medication administered at a nursing home in Bavaria, prosecutors said.

Ulrich Busch, an attorney for Demjanjuk, who died in March, filed a complaint in May with German prosecutors asking them to open an investigation of five doctors and a nurse, alleging that the pain medication they gave to Demjanjuk added to his kidney problems.

The investigation of the allegations was closed after no evidence indicated that the doctors made an error, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The complaint had said that a specific pain medication, common in Germany but banned in the United States, led to Demjanjuk's death as he awaited an appeal of his conviction last year by a Munich court for his role in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor camp in Poland.

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