Demjanjuk Threatens to Go on Hunger Strike

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John Demjanjuk, the 90-year-old former auto worker accused of helping to murder 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust, has threatened to go on hunger strike to to force the court to admit KGB documents he claims will exonerate him. In a statement, he has protested against what he calls his "political show trial."

John Demjanjuk, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust, will go on a hunger strike unless the Munich court allows him to present documents that could exonerate him, his lawyer Ulrich Busch said on Tuesday.

Busch, who is defending the 90-year-old against charges of assisting in killings at the Sobibor Nazi death camp in Poland, said Demjanjuk would begin the hunger strike within the next two weeks.

Busch said there are documents in a KGB file from Russia and Ukraine that could prove Demjanjuk is innocent. He read a statement for Demjanjuk in which he accused Judge Ralph Alt of conducting a political "show trial."

"This is a mockery of justice," Busch said in a statement on Demjanjuk's behalf. "There is only one way left for me to show the world what a travesty of justice this is."

In the statement, he accused the German authorities of trying to "wipe out" his dignity and his life, and to "find him guilty for the crimes ccommitted by Germans in World War II."...

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