Seattle lawyer Robert Gibbs, one of the attorneys representing Peter Egner, said his client was not a member of a Serbian death squad controlled by the Nazis during World War II and should not be treated as such, the Seattle Times said Wednesday.
"Mr. Egner vehemently denies any involvement in persecution or mistreatment," Gibbs said. "The government seeks to denaturalize the defendant through incendiary allegations of wartime atrocities committed by others."
The allegations by U.S. Department of Justice officials are part of an effort to strip Egner of his U.S. citizenship. The federal department's Office of Special Investigations has accused Egner of lying on 1965 immigration documents by not detailing his alleged involvement with the Security Police and Security Service.
Gibbs told the Times that if the government wishes to strip a U.S. citizen of their citizenship they must present a large amount of evidence to meet the required burden of proof associated with such actions.