- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

SEVEN HILLS, OHIO (AP) - U.S. immigration officers took John Demjanjuk from his Ohio home in a wheelchair on Tuesday to deport him to Germany, where an arrest warrant alleges the frail 89-year-old was a Nazi death camp guard. Demjanjuk was placed in a waiting van as his sobbing wife and other family members watched. As he was taken from the home, Demjanjuk moaned and said “I love you” in Ukrainian to his family members, said former son-in-law Ed Nishnic.

A doctor and nurse accompanied the immigration agents.

The family promised to pursue legal action to block his evening flight.

Family member said they were told Demjanjuk was being taken to a holding area in a federal building in Cleveland.

His son, John Demjanjuk Jr., filed motions earlier in the day in Cincinnati asking the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay of deportation. The government objected.

German prosecutors claim Demjanjuk was an accessory to some 29,000 deaths during World War II at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. Once in Germany, he could be formally charged in court.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a brief statement that officers were enforcing a deportation order. The agency declined comment on the family’s determination to block his deportation flight or any other issue, spokesman Lou Martinez said.

John Demjanjuk Jr. said the government hadn’t lived up to earlier understandings on how his father would be removed.

“They told me that they would have an ambulance. They told me we would have three to five days notice and obviously you can’t believe everything the government tells you,” he told The Associated Press by phone while headed back to Cleveland from the federal appeals court in Cincinnati.

He predicted his father would not survive long enough in Germany to stand trial.

“There is zero chance that, if he is deported, if this madness and inhumane action is not stopped by the 6th Circuit, he will live out his life in a Germany hospital, he will never be put on trial. And it makes absolutely no sense that the Germans, after nearly killing him in combat, would try to kill him once again,” he said.

Demjanjuk, a native Ukrainian, has denied involvement in any deaths, saying that he was a prisoner of war, held by the Germans. He came to the United States after World War II as a refugee.

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