German arrest warrant for Nazi 'Ivan the Terrible'

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The Ukrainian-born man is thought to have assisted in the deaths of at least 29,000 Jews during his time at a Nazi concentration camp.

Berlin -- Germany issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for John Demjanjuk, 88, the alleged Nazi war criminal "Ivan the Terrible" suspected of killing thousands of Jews in a World War II death camp.

"The accused is currently still in the United States," a court official said in a statement. "As soon as he arrives in Germany he will be questioned and tried."

Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk, now living in the United States, is thought to have assisted in the deaths of at least 29,000 Jews during his time in a Nazi concentration camp in Sobibor.

Demjanjuk, one of the world's most hunted Nazi war criminals, emigrated to the US in 1950 and was extradited to Israel in 1986 after being accused of being the infamous "Ivan the Terrible."

Sentenced to death in 1988 in Israel, he was released in August 1993 when Israeli judges dropped the case against him for lack of evidence. He then returned to the city of Cleveland in the US state of Ohio.

Six years later, the case against him was revived as evidence emerged that he had worked for the Nazis as a guard at three other death camps.

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