Lawyers ask Spanish court to charge 4 alleged ex-guards at Nazi camps

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June 24, 2008 14:48

A human rights group has asked a Spanish court to indict four alleged former Nazi concentration camp guards and seek their extradition from the United States over the deaths of Spanish citizens, a lawyer said Tuesday. The Brussels-based rights organization, Equipo Nizkor, names the suspects as John Demjanjuk, 88, a retired auto worker in Ohio who is now also being sought by Germany; Anton Tittjung, Josias Kumpf and Johann Leprich. All four face deportation from the United States, but no country will take them in, the group said. The group said it was acting under Spain's principle of universal jurisdiction, which states that war crimes, crimes against humanity, terrorism, torture and other heinous offenses can be prosecuted in Spain even if they are alleged to have been committed abroad.


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