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Suspected Nazi Demjanjuk loses latest appeal against extradition

Suspected Nazi John Demjanjuk’s latest attempt to avoid being extradited to Germany has failed after a US immigration board rejected another appeal against a deportation request.

John Demjanjuk, right, is questioned by his attorney during the civil trial in Cleveland.

Demjanjuk could face trial in Germany for alleged war crimes

After the Board of Immigration Appeals denial, the 89-year-old suburban Cleveland, Ohio resident faces a warrant claiming he was an accessory to the murder of some 29,000 Jews and minorities. He was allegedly a guard at the Sobibor death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland where he is said to have served between March and September 1943.

Once in Germany, he could be formally charged in court.

Demjanjuk's family said they would keep fighting to keep him in the United States.

"We will continue to do everything possible to stop this inhumane action," John Demjanjuk Jr. said in a statement. "Due to his serious medical conditions, if he were to survive a deportation, there is zero chance he will be capable of enduring any legal process in Germany."

Demjanjuk suspected of being "Ivan the Terrible"

Demjanjuk changed his name from Ivan to John after emigrating to the United States in 1952.

A work permit for a guard, suspected of being John Demjanjuk, at the Sobibor death camp

Demjanjuk is suspected of being a guard at the Sobibor camp

In 1977 during a US Justice Department investigation, former wartime inmates of Nazi camps in occupied Poland identified Demjanjuk as the brutal Ukrainian prison guard "Ivan the Terrible."

He was stripped of his US citizenship in 2002 but the former autoworker remained in his Seven Hills, Ohio home long after his appeals of that decision were exhausted because the United States could not find a country willing to accept the now-stateless alleged war criminal.

In March, US officials began the process of extraditing him to Germany to stand trial for crimes allegedly committed more than 60 years ago.

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