Germany's highest court says it has rejected a request to block the trial of John Demjanjuk on charges that he was an accessory to the murder of thousands at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

The Federal Constitutional Court said on Wednesday that it rejected complaints from Demjanjuk's lawyer, Ulrich Busch, against decisions to open the trial in Munich on Nov. 30 and to keep the 89-year-old in custody.

Mr Busch cited health concerns among other issues.

The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was flown to Germany from the United States in May after losing a long battle to avoid deportation.

He maintains that he was a Red Army soldier who was held as a prisoner of war and never hurt anyone.

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