WASHINGTON (Jun. 1)
Justice Department officials are expected to begin shortly deportation proceedings against an accused Nazi death camp guard, following a Supreme Court decision last week.
The high court turned down a citizenship appeal by Luidas Kairys, 61, accused by the Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), of concealing his war-time activities as a guard at the Treblinka death camp in Poland when he entered the U.S. in 1949.
Kairys maintains his innocence, saying that he was a farmer in Lithuania from 1940 to 1942 and that he was later captured by the Nazis.
The Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling revoking Kairys’ U.S. citizenship. The Court action cleared the way for deportation proceedings, although the Justice Department said it was unsure at this time which country would seek him for trial.