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U.S. Approves Accused Nazi Guard's Deportation

21 June 2005 (RFE/RL) -- An immigration judge in the United States has ruled that Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk, accused of having been a guard at Nazi death camps in World War II, can be deported from the United States.

Chief U.S. Immigration Judge Michael Creppy must now decide which country the 85-year-old Demjanjuk will be deported to -- likely Ukraine, Poland, or Germany.

U.S. authorities say Demjanjuk, who has been stripped of his U.S. citizenship, served as an armed guard at the Sobibor extermination camp in German-occupied Poland where 250,000 people were killed.

U.S. authorities say he also served as a guard at the Majdanek and Flossenberg camps in Poland.

Demjanjuk, who was employed as an auto worker in Cleveland before his retirement, has denied he was ever a guard at a Nazi death camp.