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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Germany court rejected Spain Demjanjuk extradition request
Cynthia Miley at 12:00 AM ET

On June 9, 2011, a Munich court denied Spain's request to extradite retired US autoworker and convicted concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk to stand trial in Madrid. The Spanish National Court had sought Demjanjuk's extradition so he could stand trial on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity relating to his alleged involvement with the Flossenburg concentration camp where 60 Spanish citizens were killed during World War II. A German court in May 2011 convicted Demjanjuk of helping to murder thousands during the Holocaust, sentencing him to five years in prison and then releasing him pending appeal. Demjanjuk's trial, which began in November 2009, was marked by extensive delays. On March 18, 2012, Demjanjuk died before a German court could enter a final verdict in his case.

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