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Key Dates In John Demjanjuk Case

  • Aug. 25, 1977 - Justice Department seeks to revoke U.S. citizenship, alleging Demjanjuk hid a past as Nazi death camp guard "Ivan the Terrible."
  • June 23, 1981 - U.S. District Judge Frank J. Battisti revokes citizenship.
  • Feb. 27, 1986 - Demjanjuk is extradited to Israel following 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' authorization.
  • April 25, 1988 - A three-judge Israeli panel sentences Demjanjuk to death after finding him guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • June 30, 1988 - Demjanjuk appeals conviction.
  • June 30, 1993 - U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman, appointed to investigate Justice Department actions, says he found "substantial doubt" that Demjanjuk was "Ivan" but upholds extradition.
  • July 29, 1993 - Israeli Supreme Court rules 5-0 that Demjanjuk was not "Ivan the Terrible."
  • Aug. 6, 1993 - Appeals court rules U.S. government must allow Demjanjuk to return to United States while the court investigates his extradition.
  • Aug. 11, 1993 - Israeli attorney general recommends Demjanjuk be deported rather than tried for new Nazi war crimes.
  • Sept. 22, 1993 - Demjanjuk returns to United States.
  • Nov. 17, 1993 - Appeals Court rules government fraudulently withheld evidence; reverses its own order that authorized Demjanjuk's extradition in 1986.
  • Feb. 20, 1998 - U.S. District Judge Paul R. Matia overturns decision stripping Demjanjuk of his citizenship.
  • May 19, 1999 - U.S. Justice Department moves to revoke Demjanjuk's restored citizenship, alleging he was a guard at Nazi death and forced labor camps during World War II.
  • June 8, 2001 - Demjanjuk's second citizenship trial concludes.
  • Feb. 21, 2002 - Matia revokes Demjanjuk's citizenship, saying documentary evidence proved Demjanjuk was a Nazi guard and the case does not need eyewitness corroboration.

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