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12 May, 2009 01:09

Nazi “Ivan the Terrible” on plane for Germany– report

The extradition of Ivan Demjanjuk, a suspected Nazi death camp guard, from the US to Germany is reportedly underway. However, news reports about the extradition from Fox News and CNN TV channels haven’t been confirmed.

On Monday, an ambulance carrying the 89-year-old arrived at US immigration offices in Cleveland, Ria Novosti news agency reports. Then Demjanjuk was taken to an airport, guarded by police officers and immigration service workers.

An airport official has confirmed to journalists that the plane with Demjanjuk onboard took off at 19:13 local time heading for Germany.

US officials have yet to comment on the deportation.

Earlier, Germany says it expects the accused Nazi guard to be extradited to the country by Tuesday where he will face a jury in Munich when official charges are brought against him.

The Ukranian-born Demjanjuk is accused of nearly 30,000 counts of murder while a guard at a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. He is further suspected of being the guard known as ‘Ivan the terrible’, who has so far managed to avoid punishment.

His family and lawyers say his health is too poor for him to travel, but a court ordered his extradition after he was filmed recently walking near his home.