Defense wants convicted Nazi criminal John Demjanjuk's US citizenship restored

CLEVELAND - Attorneys for a recently deceased Ohio autoworker convicted of Nazi war crimes want his U.S. citizenship restored.

Public defenders representing John Demjanjuk say he should have his citizenship restored because the U.S. government withheld information that might have helped his case.

Demjanjuk died in March in Germany at age 91.

The filing late Thursday night with a federal appeals court in Cincinnati also says a federal judge in Cleveland erred in refusing to reopen the citizenship case.

Demjanjuk, who lived in suburban Cleveland, was convicted by a Munich court in May on 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder. He died while the conviction was under appeal.

Ukrainian-born Demjanjuk steadfastly maintained that he had been mistaken for someone else.

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