Demjanjuk Seeks Halt to Nazi Trial After Accuracy of Evidence Questioned

A lawyer for John Demjanjuk, who is on trial over charges he aided in the murder of 27,900 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard, sought a halt to the proceedings after U.S. documents indicated evidence in the case may be forgeries.

A report prepared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Demjanjuk indicates an identification card relied on by prosecutors may have been forged by the Soviet Union, Ulrich Busch told judges in Munich today. The 26-year-old documents were uncovered by the Associated Press.

“We always took the view that the ID card is a forgery,” Busch said in an interview.

Busch’s motion may interrupt the trial of the 91-year-old Demjanjuk, which has dragged on for more than 17 months due to health issues and disputes over evidence. Demjanjuk, a Ukraine native and former U.S. citizen, was extradited in May 2009 to Germany to stand trial in what is likely the country’s last case linked to the Holocaust.

The report found by the AP in the National Archives College Park, Maryland, said that FBI agents in Cleveland, where Demjanjuk lived, believed the ID card may have been forged by the Soviet Union after World War II. Prosecutors said at trial that the identification card was among evidence that proved Demjanjuk was a guard at the Sobibor death camp in 1943.

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