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Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, granted bail

Johann Breyer's health deteriorating in jail since arrest, lawyers say

PHILADELPHIA - A judge in Philadelphia has granted bail to an 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who's been hospitalized while awaiting extradition to Germany.

The ruling reverses a decision that denied bail to Johann Breyer of Philadelphia.

Breyer can now await the outcome of his extradition fight at home on $100,000 personal recognizance bail, but it's not clear how long he'll be hospitalized.

Defense lawyers said Breyer's health was deteriorating in jail after his arrest last month.

Breyer has lived in Philadelphia since 1952. He admits serving as an Auschwitz guard in 1944 but denies killing anyone.

German authorities hope to try him on charges of aiding in the deaths of more than 200,000 Jews killed at the death camp.

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