UPDATE:Demjanjuk Deportation Halted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- A Federal Appeals Court has granted a stay of deportation to Germany for accused nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals made the ruling Tuesday afternoon shortly after the frail 89-year-old was removed from his suburban Cleveland home by six immigration officers using a wheelchair.

An arrest warrant in Germany claims Demjanjuk was an accessory to some 29,000 deaths during World War II at the Sobibor Camp in nazi-occupied Poland.

Once in Germany, he could be formally charged.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court granted the stay pending further consideration of Demjanjuk's motions.

His attorneys say painful medical ailments would make sending him to Germany equivalent to torture.

It's unclear if Demjanjuk will be taken back home.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
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Cleveland (AP) -- A lawyer for John Demjanjuk says U.S. Immigration officials have told him they want to pick up the Cleveland area man for deportation today(Tuesday).

Authorities in Germany have issued an arrest warrant charging that the frail 89-year-old was a guard at a nazi death camp.

Lawyer John Broadley in Washington says he and the Demjanjuk family are trying to complete a filing for an emergency stay of deportation from a federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

Broadley says Demjanjuk is bedridden in poor health.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement says the agency is not commenting.

German prosecutors claim Demjanjuk was an accessory to some 29,000 deaths at the Sobibor Camp in nazi-occupied Poland.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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