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US appeals court rejects Demjanjuk citizenship bid

US appeals court rejects Demjanjuk citizenship bid

A U.S. appeals court has rejected a request to restore the citizenship of a recently deceased autoworker convicted of Nazi war crimes.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled that John Demjanjuk cannot regain his citizenship posthumously.
Demjanjuk died March 17 in Germany at age 91.
His defense attorneys say the American government withheld potentially helpful material in his case and asked that the court restore his citizenship or order a hearing.
The Ukraine-born Demjanjuk lived for decades in the U.S. before he was convicted by a German court in May 2011 on 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
Demjanjuk, who maintained that he had been mistaken for someone else, died while his conviction was under appeal.


Updated : 2020-12-02 17:20 GMT+08:00