Spanish judge issues warrants for ex-Nazi guards

18th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The three accused are wanted in connection with a lawsuit filed in Spain by families of deported Spaniards who died at death camps in Germany and in Nazi-occupied Austria.

Madrid -- A Spanish judge Thursday issued international arrest warrants against three alleged former Nazi concentration camp guards who were charged with crimes against humanity and genocide.

The three men targeted by National Audience judge Ismael Moreno are: Johann Leprich, 85, of Romanian origin; Anton Tittjung, 85, of the former Yugoslavia, who may reside in the United States, and Josias Kumpf, 84, also of Yugoslav origin who may live in Austria.

They are wanted in connection with a lawsuit filed in Spain by families of deported Spaniards who died at camps at Flossenberg and Sachsenhausen in Germany and at Mauthausen in Nazi-occupied Austria, where the three allegedly worked as guards.

The lawsuit also targets the Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk, 89, the accused former death camp guard deported from the United States to Germany in May.

Germany accused him of taking part in the deaths of at least 29,000 Jews when he was a guard at the Sobibor Nazi concentration camp in what is now Poland from March until September 1943.

Moreno decided not to indict Demjanjuk and issue an international arrest warrant for him because he is facing a trial in Germany.

AFP / Expatica

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