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Cleveland, Ohio - Demjanjuk Loses Deportation Case

Published on: May 1, 2009 12:01 PM
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John Demjanjuk is taken April 14 from his home in Seven Hills by immigration agents.John Demjanjuk is taken April 14 from his home in Seven Hills by immigration agents.

Cleveland, Ohio - A US appeals court has denied a stay of deportation to alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk, who is wanted in Germany on war crimes charges.

The ruling allows for the 89-year-old Ohio resident to be deported - although the appeals process is not exhausted. A stay of deportation was granted earlier in April after federal agents briefly removed him from his home. His family said he was too ill to be moved but the government has filed video showing him walking unassisted, as was reported here on VIN News. Mr Demjanjuk denies charges of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in World War II. He claims he was captured by the Germans in his native Ukraine during the war and kept as a prisoner of war. He is wanted in Germany to face charges of aiding the death of 29,000 Jews. A three-judge panel from the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, said it was satisfied that Mr Demjanjuk would be provided with adequate care while being deported. “Based on the medical information before the court and the government’s representations about the conditions under which it will transport the petitioner… the court cannot find that the petitioner’s removal to Germany is likely to cause irreparable harm sufficient to warrant a stay of removal,” the judges ruled. Mr Demjanjuk’s son has said if his father is deported, he would die in hospital in Germany before a trial could be conducted. The 6th Circuit Court granted Mr Demjanjuk an 11th hour reprieve on 14 April shortly after federal agents carried him from his home in a wheelchair. The court said it wanted to examine his case further. Mr Demjanjuk arrived in the US in 1952 as a refugee, settling in Cleveland, Ohio, where he worked in the car industry. In 1988, Mr Demjanjuk 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. Israel’s highest court later overturned his sentence and freed him, after newly unearthed 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.


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 May 01, 2009 at 11:43 AM Anonymous Says:

A day 2 celebrate!

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 May 01, 2009 at 11:51 AM Manny Says:

Great news, ship the Nazi to hell.

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:51 PM Anonymous Says:

I love this pic! let him suffer....

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 May 01, 2009 at 01:02 PM a german citizen Says:

You do the Crime and pay the time.
you cant run from your past John, its time you be deported, although whatever form of punishment you receive will never be just to your immoral satanic acts!

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 May 01, 2009 at 04:10 PM Richard Says:

Reply to #4  
a german citizen Says:

You do the Crime and pay the time.
you cant run from your past John, its time you be deported, although whatever form of punishment you receive will never be just to your immoral satanic acts!

How about the fact that numerous courts have found the evidence inconclusive, including the supreme court of Israel. This is against the man's civil rights. You can't keep deporting him till he is found guilty!

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 May 01, 2009 at 03:18 PM Anonymous Says:

i wish my grand parents whould have seen this picture (not that its a minor payback but atleast something)

thank you for posting it (once in a while a good picture)

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 May 02, 2009 at 09:20 PM Anonymous Says:

That Natzi better die painfully and then go to Hell!!

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 May 02, 2009 at 09:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
Richard Says:

How about the fact that numerous courts have found the evidence inconclusive, including the supreme court of Israel. This is against the man's civil rights. You can't keep deporting him till he is found guilty!

He's just being deported to face trial. He will have a fair trial and will be entitled to defend himself in German court. Ship him back!!

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 May 02, 2009 at 10:38 PM Shmuel Says:

HA HA HA zol eir brenen

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 May 02, 2009 at 11:08 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #5  
Richard Says:

How about the fact that numerous courts have found the evidence inconclusive, including the supreme court of Israel. This is against the man's civil rights. You can't keep deporting him till he is found guilty!

...BTW. he wasn't stripped of his US Citizenship for the crimes that he committed. It was done because he concealed material information on his application!!!
I'm certain he can become an honorary member of the third reich (not the present government in Germany) and he can join them soon enough in helllllll!!!!!

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 May 02, 2009 at 11:04 PM bigwheeel Says:

Reply to #5  
Richard Says:

How about the fact that numerous courts have found the evidence inconclusive, including the supreme court of Israel. This is against the man's civil rights. You can't keep deporting him till he is found guilty!

...How about the civil rights of the JEWS that he killed?! What if he would kill your grandparents for no other reason than they were (obviously, you're not Jewish. But, hopefully, you're Human!) members of a particular group!!!

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 May 03, 2009 at 02:59 AM Allan Says:

Reply to #11  
bigwheeel Says:

...How about the civil rights of the JEWS that he killed?! What if he would kill your grandparents for no other reason than they were (obviously, you're not Jewish. But, hopefully, you're Human!) members of a particular group!!!

Thank you ...very well said!!. Nice to see a bleeding heart liberal put in their place.

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 May 03, 2009 at 03:58 PM Abe S, Says:

Reply to #11  
bigwheeel Says:

...How about the civil rights of the JEWS that he killed?! What if he would kill your grandparents for no other reason than they were (obviously, you're not Jewish. But, hopefully, you're Human!) members of a particular group!!!

But courts have said he did not kill them! These are allegations, that numerous courts have found either, inconclusive, or not guilty! I just don't think the US should "court shop" someone.

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 May 03, 2009 at 07:55 PM Anonymous Says:

why has it taken so many years???

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