Israel again delays Demjanjuk release

September 03, 1993|By New York Times News Service

JERUSALEM -- John Demjanjuk's deportation from Israel was put off for the fifth time yesterday when a Supreme Court justice said he wanted more time to consider an appeal from Israelis pressing for new war-crimes charges stemming from the "Ivan the Terrible" case.

Theodore Orr did not say how long he would take to decide, but it seemed likely that Mr. Demjanjuk, 73, would remain at the Ayalon Prison near Tel Aviv into next week and perhaps beyond.

In any event, he will not be on hand, as his family had hoped, when a U.S. appeals court in Cincinnati holds a hearing today on whether to reopen the proceeding that had stripped him of his U.S. citizenship in 1981.

The U.S. court has ordered that Mr. Demjanjuk, who was born in Ukraine and emigrated to the United States in the early 1950s, should be allowed back into the country temporarily while his case is heard.

Nazi hunters and Holocaust survivors argue that he had been a guard at other camps.

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