Wednesday, 19 May 2010

U.S. judge orders ex-Nazi to be extradited back to Austria

85-year-old Anton Geiser was SS guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.

The Justice Department says a federal immigration judge has ordered a United States man deported to Austria for serving as an armed Nazi death camp guard during World War II.

The 14-page decision against 85-year-old Anton Geiser (GY'-ser) was announced Tuesday and filed Monday by an immigration judge. Neither Geiser nor his attorneys immediately commented.

In 2006 a U.S. judge revoked Geiser's U.S. citizenship over the allegations that he was involved in the systematic murder and torture of thousands of Jews in the Nazi camp.

Geiser was born in what is now part of Croatia and came to the United States from Austria in 1956. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Federal prosecutors say Geiser was an armed SS Death's Head guard at the
Sachsenhausen (ZAHK'-zen-how-zen) concentration camp near Berlin who had
orders to shoot anyone who tried to escape.

Geiser can appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals in Washington.

Last year the U.S. deported to Germany suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk where he is currently standing trial in Munich for the charges he helped murder at least 29,000 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard.

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