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."