Nazi suspect ordered to surrender

Page last updated at 21:09 GMT, Friday, 8 May 2009 22:09


John Demjanjuk denies the charges against him

A man wanted in Germany for Nazi war crimes has been ordered by US authorities to surrender to an immigration office for deportation.

John Demjanjuk, who lives in Ohio, has been fighting deportation since March, when Germany filed charges against him.

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court rejected a request by Mr Demjanjuk, 89, to intervene in the case.

He denies accusations that he worked as a guard in the Sobibor Nazi death camp during World War II.

He says he was captured by the Germans in his native Ukraine during the war and kept as a prisoner of war.

Death sentence

Mr Demjanjuk arrived in the US in 1952 as a refugee, settling in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked in the car industry.

In 1988 he was sentenced to death in Israel for crimes against humanity after Holocaust survivors identified him as the notorious “Ivan the Terrible”, a guard at the Treblinka death camp.

But Israel’s highest court later overturned his sentence, after documents from the former Soviet Union indicated that “Ivan the Terrible” had probably been a different man.

Mr Demjanjuk returned to the US, but in 2002 had his US citizenship stripped because of his failure to disclose his work at Nazi camps when he first arrived as a refugee.

In 2005, a US immigration judge ruled that he could be deported to Germany, Poland or Ukraine.

And in March 2009, German offiicals issued a warrant for his arrest, accusing him of being an accessory in the deaths of 29,000 Jews.

Mr Demjanjuk’s family have been fighting the threat of deportation ever since, arguing that he is too frail to be moved.

US federal agents briefly removed him from his home in April, but a stay of deportation was granted.

A three-judge panel from the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio then ruled that the removal could go ahead, saying it was satisfied that Mr Demjanjuk would be provided with adequate care.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8041256.stm

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