John Demjanjuk, the 89-year-old retired autoworker who allegedly worked as a Nazi death-camp guard, lost a German court bid to stop his deportation to Munich from the U.S. to face charges.
The Berlin Administrative Court rejected Demjanjuk’s request to make the German government withdraw its declaration that it’s ready to take him if he’s deported. Demjanjuk could be deported from the U.S. even without Germany agreeing to such a step, the court said in an e-mailed statement today.
“Germany’s declaration is only a subordinated part in the process,” the court said. “The real encroachment is the deportation by U.S. authorities, which Demjanjuk was able to have sufficiently scrutinized by courts in the U.S.”
German prosecutors are investigating Demjanjuk on charges he participated in the murder of 29,000 Jews HY”D in the Sobibor concentration camp in Poland. He’s likely to be charged with accessory to murder after the probe, the prosecutors said last month. After a Munich court issued an arrest warrant for him, Germany negotiated with the U.S. to have him deported.