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Ukraine: Canada Targets Two More Alleged War Criminals

Ottawa, 27 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Canada has started legal proceedings to strip two more alleged war criminals of their citizenship. They are the ninth and tenth suspects to face such action.

Federal lawyers on Monday went to court in the southern Ontario city of St. Catharines to accuse Serge Kisluk of collaborating in Nazi crimes and atrocities against Ukrainian civilians during World War II.

Canada says Kisluk belonged to the German armed forces as well as the Ukrainian auxiliary police in the Turlysk region between 1941 and 1943. Court documents say Kisluk was admitted to Canada and obtained citizenship by false representation or fraud.

Yesterday, the government moved against Peteris Vitols, who came to Canada from Latvia after world war two and lives in Toronto. Government lawyers say he failed to disclose membership in organizations that committed atrocities against Latvian civilians. He is said to have belonged to the auxiliary police battalion in the Madona district as well as the Waffen SS.