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Department of Justice again moves against Demjanjuk



The Ukrainian Weekly

May 23, 1999, No. 21, Vol. LXVII

OSI opens new case against Demjanjuk

by Stephen Vitvitsky

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Investigations initiated a new case against John Demjanjuk on May 19, seeking to once again strip him of his U.S. citizenship. News of the new charges against Mr. Demjanjuk was reported by the Associated Press and Reuters.

The new 15-page complaint alleges that Mr. Demjanjuk began working for the Nazis at the Trawniki training camp in 1942, where, according to the Office of Special Investigations, Eastern European recruits were prepared to aid the Nazi genocide. The lawsuit further alleges that Mr. Demjanjuk served as an armed guard at the Sobibor death camp, and the Majdanek and Flossenburg concentration camps.

Ed Nishnic, spokesman for Mr. Demjanjuk, stated,

"We are deeply saddened by the government's latest filing. Twenty-two years ago the government came after Mr. Demjanjuk with alleged documentary evidence, six survivor eyewitnesses and two SS eyewitnesses - all swearing that he was Ivan the Terrible. Twenty-two years later, after a death penalty in Israel, it turned out that the government had committed fraud from the very beginning. We only hope it doesn't take another 22 years to prove the government wrong once again*."

Regarding the evidence behind the new lawsuit, Mr. Nishnic said: "The 'new' allegations are nothing new. Most of the information was in the Justice Department's possession as far back as the late 1970s, but did not fit into the OSI's 'Ivan' theory. The other information was considered in Israel and, according to the attorney general in Israel, was not strong enough to warrant such a conviction, and they chose not to proceed with a case."

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