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The U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal by convicted Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk to overturn his deportation order.

The court refused to hear the appeal without comment.

Demjanjuk, 88, had argued that immigration judge Michael Creppy did not have the authority to order his deportation.

Demjanjuk was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 1981 and extradited to Israel, where in 1993 he was acquitted by its Supreme Court. of being the sadistic Treblinka death camp guard “Ivan the Terrible.” He was stripped of his citizenship again in 2002 after new evidence showed he was a guard at another camp.

In December 2006, Creppy dismissed an appeal by Demjanjuk to have a deportation order overturned.

Demjanjuk denies that he helped the Nazis, claiming he was drafted into the Soviet army and captured by the Germans.

Though Demjanjuk’s legal fight is over, it is unlikely that he will be forced to leave the United States since neither Ukraine or Germany will accept him.. Demjanjuk was born in Soviet Ukraine, which gained its independence in 1990.

Demjanjuk, a resident of the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, is said to be in ill health.

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