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US to deport alleged Nazi guard
John Demjanjuk
Mr Demjanjuk has argued he will be tortured if deported
An 85-year-old man accused of having been a guard at a Nazi death camp is to be deported from the US to his native Ukraine, an immigration judge has said.

John Demjanjuk lost his US citizenship in 2002 after a judge said there was proof he had worked at Nazi camps.

He has denied the allegations and his lawyers argued he would be tortured if sent back to Ukraine.

Mr Demjanjuk migrated to the US in 1951 and was briefly deported to Israel amid a 30-year legal battle over his past.

At the time, he was suspected of having been a notorious concentration camp guard, known by the nickname "Ivan the Terrible".

But his name was eventually cleared in an Israeli court and he was spared the death penalty.

DEMJANJUK CASE TIMELINE
1951: Gains entry into the US, claiming he spent most of the war as a German prisoner
1977: First charged with war crimes, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible"
1981: Stripped of US citizenship
1986: Extradited to Israel
1993: Israeli Supreme Court overturns conviction, ruling that he is not Ivan the Terrible
2002: Loses US citizenship after a judge said there was proof he worked at Nazi camps
2005: A judge rules in favour of deportation to his native Ukraine

He returned to the US and his citizenship - which he had lost for allegedly lying to US immigration officials - was restored.

However, in 2002, an immigration judge ruled that there was enough evidence to prove Mr Demjanjuk had been a guard at several Nazi death camps and again stripped him of his citizenship.

He lost an appeal against the decision in 2004.

Mr Demjanjuk now has 30 days to appeal against the latest order for his deportation.

US immigration judge Michael Creppy said there was no evidence to prove his claim that he would tortured if returned to the Ukraine.

Mr Demjanjuk's lawyer had argued that deporting him to Ukraine would be like throwing him "into a shark tank".

Mr Demjanjuk has always insisted he was a prisoner of war with the Nazis, rather than a guard serving under them.

But his 2002 trial found that he had been an armed guard at the Sobibor, Majdanek and Flossenburg concentration camps where tens of thousands of Jews were executed.




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