- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Key dates in the case of John Demjanjuk:

_ 1952: Demjanjuk, native of Ukraine, emigrates to United States. Gains citizenship in 1958.

_ Aug. 25, 1977: Justice Department seeks to revoke U.S. citizenship, alleging Demjanjuk hid past as Nazi death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible.”

_ June 23, 1981: Citizenship revoked.

_ Feb. 27, 1986: Demjanjuk extradited to Israel.

_ April 25, 1988: Demjanjuk sentenced to death after being found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

_ July 29, 1993: Israel’s Supreme Court rules 5-0 that Demjanjuk was not “Ivan the Terrible.”

_ Aug. 11, 1993: Israeli attorney general recommends Demjanjuk be deported rather than tried for new Nazi war crimes.

_ Sept. 22, 1993: Demjanjuk returns to U.S.

_ Nov. 17, 1993: U.S. appeals court rules government withheld evidence in Demjanjuk case, reverses order that authorized 1986 extradition.

_ Feb. 20, 1998: Federal judge overturns decision stripping Demjanjuk of U.S. citizenship.

_ May 19, 1999: Justice Department moves to revoke Demjanjuk’s restored citizenship, alleging he was guard at Nazi death and forced labor camps.

_ May 29, 2001: Second citizenship revocation trial starts.

_ Feb. 21, 2002: Court revokes citizenship.

_ Dec. 28, 2005: Chief immigration judge rules Demjanjuk can be deported to Germany, Poland or Ukraine.

_ Jan. 30, 2008: Appeals court denies Demjanjuk’s petition to block deportation.

_ May 19, 2008: Supreme Court declines to hear appeal of deportation ruling.

_ March 11, 2009: German prosecutors charge Demjanjuk with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder and will seek extradition from U.S.

_ March 24, 2009: U.S. officials confirm they’ve asked Germany for travel documents needed to deport Demjanjuk.

_ April 3, 2009: Immigration judge blocks deportation, reverses himself three days later.

_ April 7, 2009: Demjanjuk asks appeals board to block deportation and reopen case.

_ April 10, 2009: Appeals board rules Demjanjuk may be deported.

_ April 14, 2009: Immigration officers begin deportation, removing Demjanjuk from his home to federal custody in Cleveland; 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals grants stay of deportation and federal immigration authorities release Demjanjuk from custody.

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SOURCE: Associated Press reporting, files

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