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Suspected Nazi guard will be deported

SUSPECTED Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is expected to be deported from the United States to Germany today, a German Justice Ministry spokesman said.

Demjanjuk is wanted on a Munich arrest warrant that accuses him of 29,000 counts of accessory to murder as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

"According to our current information, we anticipate that he will arrive in Germany (today)," Justice Ministry spokesman Ulrich Staudigl told reporters yesterday.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials went to Demjanjuk's home last Friday to serve a government notice asking that he surrender. The move came one day after the US Supreme Court declined to hear Demjanjuk's appeal to stop his deportation.

The 89-year-old and his family have yet to offer clues about when and how he will respond.

Demjanjuk remained in his suburban Cleveland home yesterday.

Demjanjuk rejects the German allegations. He maintains he was held by the Germans as a Soviet prisoner of war and was never a camp guard.

Once in Germany, Demjanjuk will be brought before a judge and formally charged. He will also be given the opportunity to make a statement to the court, in keeping with normal justice procedure, Staudigl said.

Demjanjuk's family has been battling the deportation, saying he is in poor health and might not survive the trans-Atlantic journey.


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