Demjanjuk deported to Germany

By Calvin Palmer

The Ohio man accused of being a guard at a Nazi death camp was deported to Germany this evening.

John Demjanjuk, 89, of Seven Hills, was taken from his home by ambulance to a U.S. immigration office in Cleveland earlier in the day.

The retired auto worker later arrived at Cleveland Burke Lakefront Airport by ambulance and was put aboard a Munich-bound air ambulance flight. The plane took off at  7:13 p.m. (EDT).

Demjanjuk is wanted in Munich on arrest warrant that accuses him of being an accessory to the murder of 29,000 inmates at the notorious Sobibor camp in occupied Poland.

He rejects the accusations, saying he was held by the Germans as a prisoner of war and was never a guard at the camp.

His family claim his health is poor and he might not survive the transatlantic journey.

German Justice Ministry spokesman Ulrich Staudigl, said Demjamjuk is expected to be in Germany by tomorrow.

Earlier today, John Demjanjuk Jr said an appeal in a U.S. court would still go ahead even if his father is no longer in the country.

Demjanjuk is expected to be held in the medical unit of a Munich prison. The German government has said preparations have been made at the facility to ensure he will receive appropriate care.

[Based on reports by AFP and newsday.com.]

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