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German court finds Demjanjuk guilty

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 01:46

May 12 - Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is sentenced to five years in prison, for his role in the killing of tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, but is let out due to old age.

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A German court found John Demjanjuk guilty for his role in the killing of tens of thousands of Jews at a Nazi death camp. Demjanjuk was a guard at the Sobibor camp in Poland during World War Two. The court had sentenced the 91-year-old to five years in prison, but given his old age, they ordered his immediate release. (UPSOUND DEFENCE LAWYER SPEAKING ) A defence lawyer said the verdict was not as bad as expected. (UPSOUND PLAINTIFF LAWYER SPEAKING) An attorney for one of the plaintiffs says justice has come too late for his client. (SOUNDBITE) (German) ATTORNEY FOR CO-PLAINTIFF, STEFAN SCHUENEMANN: "From the view of Mister Berlowitz and Mister Blatt who had both been in Sobibor, it is too late for justice, to speak plainly. After 70 years there is no way to right the things that had happened, so that the people involved can gain from this. Justice - as far as it is possible - has been done to some extend as far as my clients are concerned but it didn't help them." One woman who had family in Sobibor says she is pleased with the verdict. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICTIM VERA DEJONG: "I'm relieved, very much much relieved that I don't have to have all the stress every time that I have to come and sit here and hear all the horrible things, what happened during the war and what happened to my family." Ukrainian born Demjanjuk, who was once top of the list of most wanted Nazi war criminal, claims he was drafted into the Soviet army in 1941, then taken prisoner by the Germans. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

German court finds Demjanjuk guilty

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 01:46

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