CLEVELAND – An Ohio man accused of serving as a Nazi death camp guard asked a U.S. immigration court Thursday to stop his ordered deportation to Germany to face possible trial.
A German arrest warrant accuses Ukrainian native John Demjanjuk of 29,000 counts of acting as an accessory to murder at the Sobibor camp in occupied Poland during World War II.
Demjanjuk, who turns 89 on Friday, lives in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills.
His lawyer, John Broadley, on Thursday filed an emergency motion for a stay of removal and a motion to reopen the proceedings. He said deporting the ill Demjanjuk would be overly cruel.
"What they are planning to do to this old man in the U.S. and Germany will be extremely painful and amounts to torture," he said.
Broadley said he filed the motions in the Immigration Court in Arlington, Va., which has administrative control over immigration cases in Cleveland.
Immigration spokeswoman Susan Eastwood confirmed the two filings occurred. She had no information about what any immigration judge might decide to do.
Demjanjuk is a retired auto worker who came to the United States after the war as a displaced person and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His citizenship was revoked twice.
He is expected to be deported from the U.S. to Germany soon to face a possible trial, the German Justice Ministry said Thursday.