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Nazi death camp guard
Demjanjuk's bid for U.S. citizenship rejected by
judge who says he 'wilfully lied' about whereabouts in World War Two
war criminal John Demjanjuk's bid to regain his U.S. citizenship was
denied Tuesday by a judge who said he had lied about where he was
during World War II.
former auto worker was convicted earlier this year of playing a part in
more than 28,000 deaths during the Holocaust and sentenced to five
years in prison.
rejected Demjanjuk’s claim that incriminating documents were a Soviet
fraud, saying he wilfully lied about his whereabouts on his immigration
applications to the U.S.
was based on newly discovered documents.
Judge Dan Aaron Polster said he rejected the application in part
because he was not satisfied with Demjanjuk’s accounts of his
whereabouts during the war.
'Despite numerous opportunities, Demjanjuk has never provided a single,
consistent accounting of his whereabouts during the war years 1942 to
'John Demjanjuk has admitted that he wilfully lied about his
whereabouts during the war on his visa and immigration applications to
gain entry to the United States.’
convicted by a German court that found he had served as a guard at the
Nazis' Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
argued that the government failed to disclose important evidence,
including a 1985 secret FBI report that indicates the FBI believed a
Nazi ID card purportedly showing that he served as a death camp guard
was a Soviet-made fake.
authorities had said Demjanjuk, who has denied serving as a guard at
any Nazi camp and is free on bail, was trying to cast himself as a
victim following his conviction in Germany on more than 28,000 counts
of accessory to murder.
In a response to
the original defence citizenship filing, the government included an
Oct. 12 affidavit from retired FBI agent Thomas Martin.
He said the March
4, 1985, report written by him was based on speculation about a Soviet
forgery, not any investigation.
leave Germany because he has no passport after being stripped of his
U.S. citizenship ahead of his deportation to Germany in 2009. He could
have gotten a U.S. passport if the denaturalization ruling had been
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk was a Soviet Red Army soldier captured by
Germans in 1942.
The Munich court
found he agreed to serve the Nazis as a guard at Sobibor.
public defender, Dennis Terez, would not comment on a possible appeal
of the citizenship ruling but said, 'We're evaluating our various
options at this point.'
Mike Tobin, a
spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Cleveland, said prosecutors
were pleased with the ruling.
'All along the
issue in this specific aspect of the case was really just the
uninformed or misinformed speculation of one FBI agent, as I think the
ruling makes clear,' he said.
John Demjanjuk Jr., who has spoken often on his father's behalf, could
not be reached for comment Tuesday [20Dec2011].
Email and phone messages were left for him.