Demanjuk defense says it has new evidence

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 8, 2011 14:59

 
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MUNICH — John Demjanjuk's attorney on Tuesday said he has obtained new evidence that throws into question the statement of a key witness that the defendant killed Jews at the Nazi's Sobibor death camp.

Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder for allegedly having been a guard at Sobibor. He denies the charges.

Attorney Ulrich Busch told Munich court judges that he had received transcripts of a 1985 interview with former Sobibor guard Ignat Danilchenko, who is now dead, who told Soviet officials none of the Ukrainian auxiliary guards were used by the Nazis inside the camp.

That contradicts summaries of a 1979 interrogation where Danilchenko allegedly said Demjanjuk "like all guards in the camp, participated in the mass killing of Jews."


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