|Friday, Feb. 18, 2000; 6:30 p.m.
Against Alleged Nazi Guard OK'd
By M.R. Kropko
Associated Press Writer
CLEVELAND -- The
government's second attempt to revoke
John Demjanjuk's citizenship
because he allegedly served as a Nazi
concentration camp guard can move forward,
a judge has ruled.
U.S. District Judge Paul R.
Matia on Thursday denied a motion from
Demjanjuk's lawyers asking him to dismiss
the Justice Department's civil case
"We will review this decision with our
lawyers and act accordingly. I can't
comment further, because we have an active
case before the judge," Ed Nishnic,
Demjanjuk's son-in-law and the family's
spokesman, said Friday.
Michael E. Tigar, Demjanjuk's
lawyer, did not return a phone call
A Justice Department official said the
decision speaks for itself.
we're pleased, and we are looking
forward to going to trial on March 26
of next year as the judge has ordered,"
said Eli Rosenbaum, director of
the department's Office of Special
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, 79, a
retired auto worker who lives in suburban
Seven Hills, lost his U.S. citizenship in
1981 and regained it in 1998.
In 1988, he was sentenced to die in
Israel after being convicted as the
Treblinka death camp guard "Ivan the
Terrible." He was
freed five years
later when evidence indicated he
was a victim of mistaken identity.
In May, the Justice Department's Office
of Special Investigation filed a new civil
complaint to strip Demjanjuk of his
citizenship and said he had been a guard
at several Nazi death camps. But the "Ivan
the Terrible" allegations are no longer a
part of the government's case.
The government said Demjanjuk lied in a
U.S. visa application when he said he
spent World War II as a laborer in Poland
and Germany. He entered the United States
in 1952 and became a citizen six years
Lawyers for Demjanjuk contended in July
that the government's latest attempt to
strip the alleged Nazi death camp guard of
his U.S. citizenship constitutes double
jeopardy. But Matia ruled that the
protection against being tried twice for
the same offense does not apply in a
citizenship case, because the issues
involved are civil, not
2000 The Associated Press