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Kyiv Post | 08Jul2011 | Reuters
German prosecutors drop Demjanjuk sentence appeal
BERLIN, July 8, 2011 (Reuters) - German prosecutors withdrew their
Friday against a court decision to free convicted Nazi death camp guard
John Demjanjuk. Munich prosecutors said the 91-year-old Demjanjuk no
longer posed a flight risk since he is confined to a nursing home.
Ukraine-born Demjanjuk is stateless after being stripped of his U.S.
citizenship before his extradition to Germany in 2009.
In May [12May2011] a Munich court convicted Demjanjuk of helping to
kill more than
28,000 people at the Sobibor camp in German-occupied Poland during
World War Two.
But prosecutors later filed an appeal against Demjanjuk's five-year
prison sentence and his immediate release from jail, which the court
said was because of his advanced age.
Prosecutors had initially demanded a six-year sentence.
Demjanjuk's lawyers have also appealed his guilty verdict but it will
take at least a year to go through the required legal procedures.
Demjanjuk, who was once top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of
most wanted Nazi war criminals, said he was drafted into the Soviet
army in 1941 and then taken prisoner by the Germans.
Demjanjuk was initially sentenced to death two decades ago [24Apr1988]
for being the notorious "Ivan the Terrible" camp guard at Treblinka in
Poland. The guilty verdict was overturned on appeal by Israel's supreme
court in 1993 [29Jul1993] after new evidence emerged pointing to a case
Kyiv Post| 08Jul2011
| Associate Press
Demjanjuk to remain free pending appeal
BERLIN (AP) -- Munich prosecutors say they have dropped their objection
to the court-ordered release of John Demjanjuk as he awaits the outcome
of the appeal of his conviction on Nazi war crimes charges.
Spokeswoman Barbara Stockinger said Friday that Demjanjuk has been
living in a Bavarian nursing home and shown no signs of being a danger
to flee, so her office saw no chance of success for its appeal.
The 91-year-old retired autoworker was convicted May 12, 2011 of 28,060
counts of accessory to murder after a Munich court found he served as a
guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp.
He was sentenced to five years in prison but was immediately released
pending his appeal, which could take as long as two years, after the
court ruled he was not a flight risk.