Kyiv Post | 23Nov2010 | Associated Press
German court rejects Ukrainian-born Nazi suspect defense motions
MUNICH (AP) -- German judges hearing the case of John Demjanjuk have
defense request to have prison doctors called as witnesses to testify
about his health.
Tuesday's ruling came as the court rejected a total of 23 defense
motions, including calls for more evidence from Ukraine and Russia.
Demjanjuk is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for
allegedly having been a guard at the Nazi's Sobibor death camp.
He denies ever being a camp guard, saying he has been mistaken for
The 90-year-old has multiple health problems and the defense says he is
no longer fit for trial.
Attorney Ulrich Busch had asked the court to allow two doctors who
treat him to testify. But judges said the court doctor's opinion was
MUNICH (AP) -- John Demjanjuk accused a German court where he is being
charges he was Nazi death camp guard of ignoring evidence Tuesday after
the panel of judges hearing his case rejected a raft of defense
In a rare statement to the court, Demjanjuk accused the judges of bias
after they ruled that defense requests for investigative files from
Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere were too general to be acted upon. They
also denied a defense request that the two prison doctors who see
Demjanjuk regularly be brought in as witnesses to testify on the
90-year-old's frail health.
The Ukrainian-born retired Ohio auto worker is standing trial on 28,060
counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at the
Sobibor death camp in Poland. Demjanjuk denies ever being a camp guard,
saying he has been mistaken for someone else.
"The judges suppress the Israeli, American, Polish, Russian and
Ukrainian files about me, fearing that there is more evidence of my
innocence..." he said in the written statement, which was typed in
Ukrainian and read aloud in German by a courtroom translator.
"This is all evidence of the fact that the trial in Munich against me
is illegal and wrong."
He asked that the statement be provided to "authorities" so that the
accusations could be investigated.
Demjanjuk confirmed that the statement was his own when asked by
Presiding Judge Ralph Alt, but then defense attorney Ulrich Busch said
he would not answer any further questions.
The statement came after the court rejected a total of 23 defense
motions. Among them, Busch has been denied the chance to question to
two of Demjanjuk's doctors about whether their assessment of
Demjanjuk's health is different than that of court doctor Albrecht
Stein, who has consistently maintained that Demjanjuk remains fit for
Busch and Demjanjuk's family have argued, however, that his health has
been deteriorating and his pain is now so great that he can no longer
concentrate on the proceedings.
Alt said that the judges had ruled that Stein was the doctor chosen by
the court to give his assessment of the overall situation, while the
other doctors responsible for his day-to-day care had a more narrow
picture of his health.
Following the ruling, Demjanjuk's son, John Demjanjuk Jr., accused the
court of ignoring medical evidence to go ahead with the trial at any
"While they silence the prison doctors and deny us the weekly clinical
reports — against all western legal and humanitarian standards — they
rely on a court appointed medical stooge whose therapy is to shoot my
father with various drugs and call him fit," said John Demjanjuk Jr. in
an e-mail to The Associated Press.