THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Monday, May 11th 2009, 8:49 AM
Duncan/AP Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk in Feb. 2005.
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Demjanjuk is wanted on a Munich (external - login to view) arrest warrant that accuses him of 29,000 counts of accessory to murder at the Nazis' Sobibor (external - login to view) death camp. Demjanjuk rejects the allegation, maintaining he was held by the Germans as a Soviet prisoner of war and was never a camp guard.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (external - login to view) served him with a notice Friday asking him to surrender, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court (external - login to view) declined to hear his appeal against deportation.
It is now expected that he will arrive in Munich on Tuesday, said Justice Ministry spokesman Ulrich Staudigl (external - login to view).
Once in Germany, Demjanjuk will be brought before a judge and formally charged. He will also be given the opportunity to make a statement to the court, in keeping with normal justice procedure, Staudigl said.
Demjanjuk's family has been battling against the deportation, saying the 89-year-old is in poor health and might not survive the trans-Atlantic journey.
Once in Germany, Demjanjuk is expected to be held in the medical unit of a Munich prison. The government has said that preparations have already been made at the facility to ensure that he will receive the appropriate care.
Demjanjuk was previously tried in Israel (external - login to view) after accusations surfaced that he was the notorious Nazi guard "Ivan the Terrible" at the Treblinka (external - login to view) death camp in Poland (external - login to view).
He was found guilty in 1988 of war crimes and crimes against humanity but the conviction was later overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court (external - login to view).
A U.S. judge revoked his citizenship in 2002 based on U.S. Justice Department (external - login to view) evidence showing he concealed his service at Sobibor and other Nazi-run death and forced-labor camps.
An immigration judge ruled in 2005 he could be deported to Germany, Poland or Ukraine (external - login to view). Munich prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for him in March.