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Latest update : 2009-05-13

Former Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, one of the world's top Nazi war crimes suspects, currently living in the US, is now able to be extradited to Germany after a US judge lifted a stay of deportation against the 89-year-old on Monday.

AFP - A US judge on Monday lifted a stay of deportation against Nazi guard John Demjanjuk, opening the way for the 89-year-old to be extradited to Germany.

 

His lawyer John Broadley previously told AFP, "In light of his deteriorated health and the German government's apparent intention to arrest and put him in jail ... the anguish and pain that he'll suffer from arrest and incarceration and trial in Germany will amount to torture under the convention against torture," Broadley said ahead of the ruling.
  
In a court filing the prosecution team described this allegation as "frivolous."
  
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk is one of the world's top Nazi war crimes suspects, wanted for his role at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
  
Demjanjuk was ranked number two on the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2008 "most wanted" Nazi criminal list, behind Aribert Heim, nicknamed "Doctor Death," who according to a recent investigation died in 1992.
  
While Demjanjuk's family continues to protest his innocence, the US has sought to deport the former mechanic for lying about his past on immigration forms.
  
He was stripped of his US nationality in 2002.
  
German prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Demjanjuk in March, the latest in a series of legal wrangles over his fate.
  
He was sentenced to death in 1988 in an Israeli court, suspected of being the infamous and sadistic concentration camp guard "Ivan the Terrible."
  

Date created : 2009-04-06

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