Ohio man accused of being Nazi guard fights deportation

NATION DIGEST

Nation Digest

November 30, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

CLEVELAND -- Nearly three decades after the United States first accused him of being a Nazi death camp guard, retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk appeared in court yesterday to fight deportation, with his lawyers arguing that he would face torture if returned to his native Ukraine.

Demjanjuk, 85, lost his U.S. citizenship in 2002 after a federal judge found that World War II documents proved he had worked as a guard at several camps in Poland.

Justice Department officials are seeking to deport him to Ukraine or Germany, where he lived before entering the United States in 1952. Prosecutor Stephen Paskey said yesterday that Demjanjuk had not shown any proof that he would face harm if he were forced to leave the United States.

But defense attorney John Broadley argued that "the U.S. government has marked Mr. Demjanjuk with a blood scent of Ivan the Terrible ... and wants to throw him into a shark tank."

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