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High Court Asked to Extend Demjanjuk’s Detention for Another Six Weeks

Attorney General Yosef Harish asked the Supreme Court Monday to extend for six weeks the detention in custody of John Demjanjuk. The Ukrainian-born autoworker is awaiting trial for war crime charges accusing him of being “Ivan the Terrible,” a guard at the Treblinka Nazi death camp who ran the gas chambers in which 900,000 Jews died in 1942 and 1943.

Harish said he needed time to include new evidence in the formal charges which are due to be presented to the Jerusalem District Court by October I. Key evidence, including an identification card allegedly issued to Demjanjuk in Treblinka, is in Soviet hands.