Accused former Nazi's son: Demjanjuk in pain after federal custody

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April 16, 2009 01:28

John Demjanjuk was exhausted and in pain after an aborted attempt by immigration enforcement officers to deport him to Germany, and a court should consider whether the 89-year-old man would even survive an overseas flight, his son said Wednesday. Germany has an arrest warrant accusing Demjanjuk (pronounced dem-YAHN'-yuk) of being a guard at a Nazi death camp during World War II. On Tuesday, six US immigration officers carried the Ukraine native in a wheelchair from his one-story home in suburban Cleveland to send him to Germany. Within hours, the retired autoworker won a reprieve from an appeals court and another chance to argue that deportation would amount to torture. Asked how his father was feeling when he arrived back home, Demjanjuk Jr. said: "Exhausted and in a lot of pain in his spine. They actually dropped him in his bedroom when they were trying to get him into the wheelchair. I'm telling you, this was torture."


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