Demjanjuk appeals to Supreme Court to stop deportation

By Calvin Palmer

The Ohio man accused of being a guard at a Nazi death camp today asked the Supreme Court to stop his deportation to Germany.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati last week cleared the way for deporting John Demjanjuk, 89, of Seven Hills. But the retired auto worker, his family and lawyer say his health is poor and he is too frail to be sent overseas.

The Supreme Court gave no indication when it would rule. The appeal goes first to Justice John Paul Stevens, who can decide the request on his own or refer it to the full court.

An arrest warrant in Munich accused Demjanjuk of being a guard at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1943 and an accessory to the deaths of 29,000 inmates. Demjanjuk, a native Ukrainian, maintains he was a prisoner of war, not a camp guard.

Today a Berlin court rejected the argument that Germany could block the deportation, saying the decision lies with American authorities.

The U.S. Department of Justice would “respond in court as appropriate,” spokeswoman Laura Sweeney said.

[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]

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