Holocaust expert testifies in Demjanjuk trial; defense says man already prejudged DemjanjukBy AP
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Holocaust expert testifies in Demjanjuk trial
MUNICH — A Dutch Holocaust expert is being allowed to testify at the trial of John Demjanjuk despite being on the record as saying the retired Ohio autoworker is guilty of being a Nazi death camp guard.
Defense attorney Ulrich Busch objected as the trial resumed Tuesday to allowing Johannes Houwink ten Cate to testify. Busch cited a comment by the University of Amsterdam professor in which he said Demjanjuk was “beyond a shadow of a doubt” an accomplice to mass murder.
Demjanjuk is being tried on accusations he was the accessory to the murders of 27,900 people at the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp. He rejects the charges and says he was never a camp guard.
Presiding Judge Ralph Alt has allowed the witness but says his testimony will be limited to facts and not conclusions.