Demjanjuk Says German Court Has Taken His `Right to Freedom' in Nazi Case

John Demjanjuk, on trial for aiding in the murder of 27,900 Jews during World War II, told a Munich court it had robbed him of “his right to freedom.”

In his second statement to the court in the nearly year-old case, the 90-year-old Demjanjuk said the three judges had ignored the fact that he was a Nazi prisoner during the war.

“The court is choosing witnesses as it suits their case against me,” Demjanjuk said in a statement translated from Ukrainian and read to the court by an interpreter. “Today no witness who could have helped me prove my case is alive anymore. It’s a crime to continue this case.”

Demjanjuk, a Ukraine native and retired autoworker, lived near Cleveland until he was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and extradited to Israel in 1986. He was tried there on charges he was “Ivan the Terrible,” the guard who tortured Jews while herding them into the Treblinka concentration camp gas chambers.

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