Demjanjuk again.............

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By Karin Matussek

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- A Munich court rejected requests by John Demjanjuk’s (external - login to view) lawyers to halt a trial over charges that he aided in the murder of 27,900 Jews during World War II.
The court threw out a motion claiming Demjanjuk isn’t healthy enough to endure the two daily sessions of hearings scheduled during the trial. The defense wrongly claims its client is degraded into a “mere object of the proceedings,” Presiding Judge Ralph Alt said when delivering the ruling.
It’s Demjanjuk’s “own decision not to address the court and to not even deign to look at it -- contrary to his behavior outside of the courtroom,” Alt said. The court respects his habit “but it cannot infer from it that he can’t stand trial or that the case must be dropped for any other reason.”
The Munich trial against Demjanjuk, who’s accused of working as a guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in German- occupied Poland in 1943, has been closely watched. Images of Demjanjuk brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair, televised around the globe when the trial started, have stirred debate on whether an 89-year-old should be tried more than 65 years after the alleged actions.
Today’s hearing was canceled after Demjanjuk felt dizzy and was diagnosed with low levels of hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen in the blood.
Demjanjuk, who now attends most hearings lying on a stretcher, is regularly treated in a hospital where he gets blood infusions, according to his lawyer, Ulrich Busch.
Medical Problems
“His confirmed medical problems causing him to be weak, dizzy and now requiring his sixth blood transfusion since arriving in Germany are in total conflict with the medical decision and the court’s comments about him being fit for trial,” Demjanjuk’s son, John Demjanjuk Jr., said in a statement e-mailed after today’s decision.
The court also rejected a defense motion claiming German law isn’t applicable because the alleged actions didn’t happen in Germany and the guards weren’t German public officials.
The court has jurisdiction because some of the camp’s victims were Germans, said Alt. The guards could be considered as soldiers or public officers, which allows Germany to prosecute them even if Sobibor would have to be deemed beyond its territory at the time, the judge said.
Doctors haven’t found any reasons indicating Demjanjuk can’t stand the two 90-minute sessions scheduled for each day of trial, said Alt. His health is checked continuously when he’s attending hearings or is transported from his prison to the court, according to Alt.
“He’s indeed following the hearings mostly motionless and with eyes shut,” Alt said. “But there is no indication he isn’t able to follow mentally.”
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Oh man ,what a way to "retire" .
once again I will point out....the Israelis let him go for lack of evidence. Time to drop it.

once again I will point out....the Israelis let him go for lack of evidence. Time to drop it.

If the Germans don't convict him, then he can always be extradited to France, then the Ukraine, then Poland, then Russia... Sooner or later some country or another is bound to find this sick old man guilty of something.
And how much is all this costing the German public exactly?. What a joke he was a nobody a prison camp, get over it already.
Quote: Originally Posted by CanaduhView Post

And how much is all this costing the German public exactly?. What a joke he was a nobody a prison camp, get over it already.

Ahh....I agree he should be released, but only because he has already been tried by the Israelis.....and released.

You need to educate yourself on Sobibor......

Sobibor extermination camp - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (external - login to view)

Hardly a "prison camp" rather one of the places set up solely as an extermination camp.
The never-ending persecution of an innocent man like Demjanjuk is almost enough to turn a pro-Israel a nd pro-Jewish pesron like me into an anti-Semite.

MUNICH (AP) _ A top German investigator says he's skeptical about a Sobibor survivor's new claim to remember John Demjanjuk as a guard at the Nazi death camp.
Thomas Walther led the investigation that prompted Germany to prosecute Demjanjuk, who was deported last year from the Cleveland area.
Walther says if the survivor did remember Demjanjuk, that almost certainly would have come up before, such as during his high-profile 1980's trial in Israel.
Demjanjuk is being tried on accusations the 89-year-old retired autoworker was the accessory to the murders of 27,900 people while allegedly serving as a guard at Sobibor.
The Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk rejects the charges, saying he was never a guard at any Nazi camp.


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