Investigation opened into Demjanjuk Nazi trial witness

June 17, 2010 17:21


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MUNICH  — Munich prosecutors said Thursday they have opened an investigation into a former US Secret Service forensics expert who testified at the John Demjanjuk trial following a motion from the defense accusing the witness of perjury.

Trial prosecutor Hans-Joachim Lutz told The Associated Press that his office was obliged to open the investigation against former agent Larry Stewart, who testified in Munich last week, after defense attorney Ulrich Busch filed a complaint with the court accusing him of perjury.

Busch argued Stewart's Munich testimony contradicted statements he had made in US District Court in Ohio in 2001 — the year after he examined documents being used as evidence against Demjanjuk.

Lutz refused to comment on the possibility of charges being filed, saying the evidence first had to be examined.

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