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Northwest Ohio | 21Dec2011 | Michael Henrich

Ohio judge rejects war criminal's bid for U.S. citizenship

Convicted Nazi war criminal and retired Cleveland-area autoworker John Demjanjuk will not regain his U.S. citizenship, a federal judge in Ohio decided Tuesday.

In a German court, Demjanjuk was convicted earlier this year for serving as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp during World War II, a charge he continues to deny. In fact, his appeal to regain citizenship is based on a claim that a document used to incriminate him was a Soviet fraud.

The judge in Ohio rejected Demjanjuk's claim, stating the document theory is "no match" for government evidence placing Demjanjuk at several concentration camps during the Holocaust that killed millions of people.

Demjanjuk is free pending an appeal of his German court conviction and five-year prison sentence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.