Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Demjanjuk to be deported

From Haartez:

Judge orders accused Nazi camp guard Demjanjuk deported

A United States immigration judge Wednesday ordered John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker accused of being a Nazi concentration camp guard, deported to his native Ukraine.

Demjanjuk, 85, has been fighting for nearly 30 years to stay in the U.S. During the long legal battle, he was suspected for a time of being the notoriously brutal guard known as Ivan the Terrible and was nearly executed in Israel.

Chief U.S. Immigration Judge Michael Creppy ruled that there was no evidence to substantiate Demjanjuk's claim that he would be tortured if deported to his homeland.

Demjanjuk can appeal the ruling to the Board of Immigration Appeals within 30 days."

After 30 years, it appears that some measure of justice has finally been achieved," said Elan Steinberg, executive director emeritus of the New York-based World Jewish Congress.

"And I say 'some measure of justice' because, after all, we're talking about somebody who was found to have been a Nazi persecutor," Steinberg said in a telephone interview.

"All that is happening to him, really, is that he's been stripped of his citizenship and is being deported to Ukraine.

Demjanjuk lost his U.S. citizenship after a judge ruled in 2002 that documents from World War II prove he was a Nazi guard at various death or forced labor camps...