Demjanjuk Threatens Hunger Strike; Demands Court Pursue More Evidence

MUNICH -- John Demjanjuk says he will go on hunger strike if a Munich state court does not pursue more evidence that he says could exonerate him of charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard.

Accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk holds a paper with number 1627 as he is brought to a courtroom in Munich. Demjanjuk, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust, will go on a hunger strike unless the court allows him to present evidence that could exonerate him, his lawyer said on Tuesday. 1627 is the number of the Soviet secret service KGB files Demjanjuk said will prove his innocence.

MUNICH -- John Demjanjuk says he will go on hunger strike if a Munich state court does not pursue more evidence that he says could exonerate him of charges he served as a Nazi death camp guard.

A former Soviet soldier during World War II, the 90-year-old Demjanjuk is standing trial on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder on allegations that he agreed to serve as a guard in the Sobibor death camp after being captured. He denies the charges.

Accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk holds a paper with number 1627 as he is brought to a courtroom in Munich. Demjanjuk, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust, will go on a hunger strike unless the court allows him to present evidence that could exonerate him, his lawyer said on Tuesday. 1627 is the number of the Soviet secret service KGB files Demjanjuk said will prove his innocence.

He entered court Tuesday holding a sign reading "1627" - the number of a Soviet investigative file on him the defense says has hundreds of pages of details - and accused the court of staging a "political show trial."

The court has rejected requests to push for the file, saying it is a defense "hypothesis" there is relevant evidence in it.

Accused Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk holds a paper with number 1627 as he is brought to a courtroom in Munich. Demjanjuk, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews in the Holocaust, will go on a hunger strike unless the court allows him to present evidence that could exonerate him, his lawyer said on Tuesday. 1627 is the number of the Soviet secret service KGB files Demjanjuk said will prove his innocence.

AP