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High court asked to stop deportation

May 6, 2009 at 7:28 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to stop the deportation of an ailing accused World War II Nazi death camp guard who faces trial in Germany.

Attorneys for John Demjanjuk, 89, of Seven Hills, Ohio, requested a three-month reprieve to give the nation's highest court time to review their client's health issues, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Demjanjuk's arguments last week.

"Realistically, if the Supreme Court turns down our stay, there is no place else to go," said John Broadley, Demjanjuk's attorney.

A German court issued an arrest warrant in March, accusing Demjanjuk of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where 29,000 Jews were killed.

Demjanjuk maintains that deporting him to Germany, where officials say they will put him trial, would amount to torture because he has blood disorders, spinal problems and kidney disease.

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