CLEVELAND – Alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk lost his bid yesterday to get the US Supreme Court to stop his deportation to Germany, where an arrest warrant accuses him of 29,000 counts of accessory to murder during World War II.
Justice John Paul Stevens denied, without comment, Demjanjuk’s plea to step into his case. The 89-year-old retired autoworker lives in suburban Cleveland, and he, his family, and his lawyers say he is in poor health and too frail to be sent overseas.
Demjanjuk maintains that he was held by the Germans as a Soviet prisoner of war and was never a camp guard.
With his US options dwindling, Demjanjuk’s attorney in Germany made a separate appeal yesterday to a German court to block the deportation.
There was no immediate indication from Immigration and Customs Enforcement whether the agency would move promptly to deport Demjanjuk.
John Demjanjuk Jr. gave no indication in an e-mail of any further appeal planned on his father’s behalf.
There was no immediate comment on Stevens’s decision from Demjanjuk’s attorney, John Broadley.