ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. immigration judge has ordered 85-year-old World War II war crime suspect John Demjanjuk deported for helping the Nazis persecute Jews.
U.S. Chief Immigration Judge Michael Creppy made the ruling in Arlington, Va., and rejected claims that Demjanjuk would be tortured or prosecuted if returned to his native Ukraine. In his ruling, Creppy said Demjanjuk could also be sent to Poland or Germany, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
His lawyer said Demjanjuk will appeal the decision to the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals in a month. Two appellate courts have denied other appeals in the 28-year legal battle.
In 2002, U.S. District Judge Paul Matia said that Demjanjuk and other Nazi-trained guards led Jews off trains at Sobibor in Nazi-occupied Poland, disrobed them and led them to the gas chambers. Demjanjuk also worked camps in Majdanek in Nazi-occupied Poland and Flossenburg in Germany, Matia's ruling said.