Demjanjuk denied bid for 2nd US citizenship review

AP News

1/20/2012 1:42:56 PM - AP News

A judge in Ohio won't offer convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk) another chance to regain his U.S. citizenship.

The retired Cleveland-area auto worker had asked federal Judge Dan Aaron Polster to reconsider his earlier ruling. Polster rejected the request Friday, saying another review isn't warranted.

The 91-year-old Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court on more than 28,000 counts of accessory to murder and found to have worked as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. He remains free in Germany pending appeal.

He claims the government failed to disclose evidence including a 1985 secret FBI report uncovered by The Associated Press. The document questioned whether a Nazi ID card purportedly showing Demjanjuk served as a death camp guard was a Soviet fake. The judge overruled that claim.