TORONTO (Jul. 21)
Canada has filed documents to deport Wasily Bogutin, accusing him of not revealing his World War II activity when he first came to that country.
Bogutin, 87, is suspected of taking part from 1941 to 1943 in the execution of civilians as well as arrests leading to deportations in German-occupied Ukraine.
The Canadian Justice Department, in documents made public last week, filed to strip Bogutin of his Canadian citizenship, saying that he concealed his membership in the Selidovka, the police unit in Ukraine in which he served.
“As war crimes continue throughout the world, it is imperative that Canada demonstrates that it will not be a haven for mass murderers,” Lyle Smordin, president of B’nai Brith Canada, said in a statement.
Bogutin, who lives in Toronto, is the sixth accused war criminal in Canada charged from a list of 12.
In 1995, Ottawa pledged to bring deportation proceedings against the 12 men suspected of war crimes.
Earlier this month, a federal judge halted proceedings against three of the accused war criminals.
Canadian Jewish groups have repeatedly asked Ottawa to launch proceedings against the six war crimes suspects who have not yet been charged.