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The Latest: US Ambassador Says Guard Deportation Was Urgent

The Latest: US Ambassador Says Guard Deportation Was Urgent

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 12:38 PM

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the deportation of former Nazi death camp guard Jakiv Palij from the U.S. to Germany (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

The U.S. ambassador to Germany says Nazi war crimes suspect says President Donald Trump instructed him to make it a priority to secure the deportation of a Nazi war crimes suspect from the U.S. to Germany.

Richard Grenell, who arrived in Germany earlier this year, said the new German government, which took office in March, brought "new energy" to the matter of 95-year-old former concentration camp guard, Jakiw Palij.

The deportation Tuesday came after weeks of diplomatic negotiations.

Grenell told reporters that there were "difficult conversations" because Palij is not a German citizen and was stateless after losing his U.S. citizenship, but "the moral obligation" of taking in "someone who served in the name of the German government was accepted."

10:15 a.m.

The White House says a 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard has been deported to Germany, 14 years after a judge ordered his expulsion.

In a statement, the White House said the deportation of Jakiv Palij, who lived in New York City, was carried out early Tuesday.

After World War II, Palij hid his involvement in the slaughter of Jews at the Trawniki camp in Nazi-occupied Poland and gained entry to the U.S. by claiming he was a farmer and factory worker.

Though a judge ordered Palij deported in 2004, he continued to live in limbo at his home in Queens because no country would accept him.

Palij's fate in Germany is unclear as prosecutors have previously indicated there doesn't appear to be enough evidence to bring wartime charges.

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