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AFP - John Demjanjuk, a former Nazi death camp guard deported from the United States to Germany for allegedly herding over 29,000 Jews to their death, has been hospitalised, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.
Guenther Maull said his 89-year-old client was taken to hospital on Sunday after suffering an attack of gout but was expected to return to Stadelheim prison near Munich later on Tuesday.
Doctors are still assessing whether Demjanjuk, who according to his family suffers from a litany of health complaints including kidney disease and blood disorders, is fit to stand trial.
"From tomorrow, experts will undertake the necessary examinations," Maull said.
When the test results are available, the experts will draw up a report. "I cannot tell you how long this will take," the lawyer said.
The day after he arrived in Germany following his deportation, medical officials at Stadelheim prison near the southern city of Munich declared him fit enough to remain in custody.
At the time, deputy prison director Jochen Menzel said Demjanjuk was in strikingly good condition. "He is not typical for his age ... he is in better shape than usual for an 89-year old," he told news channel N24.
Demjanjuk is suspect number three in the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's latest report on wanted Nazi war criminals, behind two others thought to be dead.