| 09Nov2010 | Associated Press

Demjanjuk says he's too sick for trial

BERLIN (AP) - John Demjanjuk (dehm-YAHN'-yuk) says he's in too much pain to follow his trial on charges he served as a guard at a Nazi death camp.

The 90-year-old told a German court in a rare statement Tuesday that he belongs "in the hospital and not the courtroom."

The retired Ohio autoworker originally from Ukraine is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at Sobibor in occupied Poland. He denies ever having been a guard anywhere.

He suffers from numerous ailments and his defense attorney has repeatedly said in past weeks that he is no longer fit for trial.

When judges asked if he wanted to examine a document Demjanjuk said: "That is a joke. With my pain I cannot look at anything. I can't even listen anymore."