Higher Court Enters Demjanjuk Case

The Supreme Court entered the Demjanjuk case for the first time last Friday, ordering Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk, alleged Treblinka concentration camp guard, remanded in custody for an additional 30 days while the state prosecutor and police continue gathering evidence for his trial.

Demjanjuk, a former U.S. citizen who is the first suspected war criminal extradited to Israel, has been in detention at Ayalon prison for 90 days, the limit under the law which provides that remands in custody must be renewed every 15 days. This had been done up to last Friday by Jerusalem Chief Magistrate Aharon Simcha.

Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir accordingly appealed to the Supreme Court for an order to hold the prisoner an additional 90 days.

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