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May 12, 2009
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SensibleAli   May 12th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

Germans never had a reputation of Nazi-hunters. This is better late than never ... it coincides with the German Pope's visit to Holy Land and commemoration of Berlin airlift in 1949 ... Germans may want to send a symbolic signal of goodwill to the world.

dan in Tucson   May 12th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

The jews need to give it up and get on with their lives. There is no way to properly convict someone with 60+ year old evidence.

dimitar   May 12th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

the man is 89 years old. he is ending his life anyway. The things that were done should be forgotten. leave him in peace.

Eric   May 12th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

Can you tell us what is he charged with. Is being a guard a crime? Could being a guard been just his military duty? Tell us some real details please.

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   May 12th, 2009 4:27 pm ET

I think he was already died. And also Nazi too.

the swede   May 12th, 2009 4:33 pm ET

The holocaust is by no means the only genocide that has happened in modern time. With the amount of mediahype and time put into "nazi-hunting" one would think it's the worst that has ever happened. Pol Pot's accomplices aren't hunted down? The soviet union is gone, but the killings done in it's name hasn't been looked into?
It's interesting how "gods chosen people" are viewed as such even by the more secular people.

Vic Benedicto   May 12th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

here in asia, pol pot's bloody genocide is more important.

Sadiq Duhu(Nigeria)   May 12th, 2009 4:49 pm ET

No matter how long JUSTICE is delayed, it should PREVAIL than DENIED or MUTILATED. A good lesson for the rest of the world, particularly, where CRIME and CORRUPTION thrives.

Terra   May 12th, 2009 5:01 pm ET

Ah, the hatred and enmity towards the Jewish people never goes away.

Jim   May 12th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

Seriously, he is almost 90 years old. It's not worth it no more. Leave him to die in peace.

Eric   May 12th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

I have been watching CNN for a while now and there is no change in reporting. No one can tell us why being a guard is against the law? I am thinking that there is more to this story but we must be too stupid to hear the details. C'mon CNN do your job. Get the real story!

Pathmanathan   May 12th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

International community involved after 13 years (1933-1945) and after six million jews were killed by Nazi. This is the reality. The UN will involve after all people are killed or the killing is over. The UN will appoint some tribunal to inquire how killing took place. This is the reality, history teach us.

Sayanthan   May 12th, 2009 5:20 pm ET

I'm not 100% sure about his full crimes but crimes are crimes. He must be punished for his crimes and it'll be an example for others who is actually doing crimes. If, Once he forgiven then another person would claim him as an example and try to get away without any punishments.

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   May 12th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

Everybody who commits a crime should be punished. It does not matter at what age he is convicted. But John Demjanjuk is in his last days. If he did not do anything wrong it will be very harsh for him. So, my suggestion is to trial him as a free person if law permits. Then if he is found guilty punish him.

Jubair
Dhaka, Bangladesh

kévin   May 12th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

je pense qu'il doit payer pour ce qu'il a fait , peu importe l'âge . En plus d'avoir aidé à tuer des Juifs , il s'est caché pendant plusieurs années , ce qui fait une accumulation de délits !!

PERINPANATHAN   May 12th, 2009 5:57 pm ET

I am for prosecuting WAR CRIMINALS or any criminal. Punishment
essentially serves as a deterent for those who may commit
crimes in the future. However, the best method should be to
prevent it from happening. No useful purpose will be served after
thousands or millions of people are killed – like Killing fields of Cambodia, Ruanda, Darfur, now Sri Lanka.

the swede   May 12th, 2009 6:15 pm ET

To Terra:
It's the hatred towards twofaced hypocrites, those that make things out to be something that they aren't. If a guard that does his duties are tried for crimes against humanity – what about all the other guards in all other unlawful situations?
To be so naive as to think criticism against something has to be hatred towards a single group of people is beyond idiotic.

Without public evidence against this man, anything but having him on free foot is a crime against humanity in itself.

peter pillai   May 12th, 2009 6:19 pm ET

I am asking a simple question. IS there any justic to bomb and destroy whole nothern IRELAND,because of a few IRA. THIS IS A SYSTAMETICALLY PLANNED PROGRAMMED GENOCIDE, IN ELIMINATING ALL INNOCENT TAMIL PEOPLE, AND THE WORLD IS KEEPING A TIGHTLIP. AMERICA HAS NO INTEREST, NO OIL NO GAIN. IN 1990 THEY WERE VERY INTERESTED TO LIBERATE KUWAIT.JAPAN ,GERMANY, ALL WERE THERE. ALL WE ASK IS TO LIVE IN PEACE IN OUR OWN MOTHERLAND. IS IT A CRIME TO ASK TO PRACTICE DEMOCRACY IN A DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC.

mani   May 12th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

IT IS A FALOCY TO PROSECUTE OLD WAR CRIMINALS !

WHERE AT PRESENT THE UN IS ALLOWING THE CREATION OF PRESENT WAR CRIMINALS! THE BODY WHICH IS IN CHARGE OF KEEPING THE SECURITY OF THE WORLD CITIZENS.

THE SECURITY COUNCIL IS MADE OF THE MAJOR ARMS DEALERS OF THE WORLD AND NOT ONLY THAT THESE NATIONS CREATE THE WAR CRIMINALS BY GIVING THEM THE ARMS. AFTER THE GENOCIDE OVER THEY WILL PROSECUTE THEM ! BECAUSE BLOOD MONEY FROM THE ARM SALE IS ALREAY PASS HANDS IN THE NAME OF AID, DEVELOPMENT FUND.

THIS BLOOD MONEY WHICH HAVE BEEN POCKETED BY THE INVESTORS HAS BEEN LOST IN GREED BY BANKERS IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISES! TRILIONS OF $ HAVE BEEN WIPED OUT AND THE DEBT NOW IS PAID BY THESE MEMBER COUNTRIES AND PASSING THE NEXT GENERATION AS TAX INCRESES AND BENEFIT REDUCTION.

THESE COUNTRIES SHOULD THINK WHAT HAPPEND TO THIS ARM SALES MONEY DID IT BENIFIT THEIR CITIZEN. WHICH ARE GOT FROM KILLING OTHER COUNTRIES PEPOLE EVEN THE WAR MONGERS DID NOT BENEFIT. THE MISSERY CREATED BY YOU WILL COMING BACK TO YOU.

SO THE COUNRIES WHO ARE IN THIS PRACTICE PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU SELL IT WILL NEVER BENEFIT YOUR CITIZENS IT WILL BE LIKE PAYING FOR GRIF.

THERE IS A SAYING " THE KING WILL GIVE THE JUDGEMENT ON THE DAY" "BUT THE GOD WILL ONLY GIVE JUDGEMENT ON UNEXPECTED TIME"

IT IS SAD THAT THESE POWER FULL NATIONS ARE BEING FOOLED BY A SMALL ISLAND CALLED SL WHERE THREE BROTHRS RUN THE SO CALLED DEMOCRACY. WHERE PEOPLE WILL VOTE FOR THE BEST GENOCIDER PRESIDENT. WHO IS PREPARED TO INFLICT MOST PAINS ON THE ISLAND COMMUNITY
IN THE NAME OF "WAR ON TERROR".

TWO OF THE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL NATIONS FOREIGN MINISTERS HAS BEEN TOLD OFF LIKE SCHOOL CHILDREN BY THIS SMALL NATION. BRAVOO! KEEP IT UP
WORLD LEADER USA IS KEEPING QUIT BECAUSE AS THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE ALSO TOLD OFF WHAT A BRAVE NATION.

THE GENOCIDE CLAIMERS COMMUNITY NATION WHO HAS BEEN CALLING FOR THIS 89 YEAR OLD PROSECUTION ARE SUPPLYING ARMS FOR THIS ISLAND NATIONS TO CARRY OUT GENOCIDE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THIS SMALL ISLAND.

THERE VOICES ARE REJECTED! AND THIS SMALL NATION IS SETTING UP THREE NABOURS AGAINST EACH OTHER !

VETO'S ARE FLYING TO STOP FOOD AND MEDICINE RACHING A SMALL 3K POPULATION WHAT A GREAT WORLD SECURITY COUNCIL WE HAVE IN CHARGE OF PROTECTING THE WORLD.
MAY BE THEY ARE WAITING FOR AN ALIEN TO LAND SO THAT THEY
PROTECT US FROM THOSE CREATURES.

A GREAT NATION OF HINDUS ARE SUPPORTING THE GENOCIDE OF HINDUS FOR ALIGED DEATH OF ONE MAN IT SEEMS HIS LIFE BEFORE 20 YERS IS WORTH KILLING 100,000 OF HINDUS! WHAT A GREAT IS THE HINDU DARMA OF THIS NATION.

WHAT A KIND OF WORLD ARE WE HUMAN LIVING !

I PERSONALY THINK THE GOD HAS GONE TO SLEEP !

BUT THE FLOOD WILL COME SOON!

LET THIS POOR MAN WHO IS BEEING PROSECUTED LIVE IN PEACE !

JESUS SAYS THE FIRST PERSON ELEGIBLE TO THROW FIRST STONE IS THE ONE WHO HAVE NOT COMMITED ANY SINS.

WE ARE ALL SINERS SO WE DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE THIS MAN.

WE MUST ALL REPENT FOR OUR PAST SINS AND DO THE RIGHT THINK NOW

BY SUPPING FOOD AND MEDICINE TO THOSE SUFFERING IN NORTHERN PART OF SL.

STOP THE GENOCIDE WHERE EVER IT HAPPENS AND EVEN BY GIVING OUR VOICES WE ARE DOING GOOD DEED.

GOD BLESS THE WORLD TO GET BACK IT SENSES – WHEN HE WAKE UP AND GIVE US A CHANCE BEFORE HE SEND THE FLOOD IN HE HAVE ALRADY SENT SMALL ONES ONE IN 2004.

Richard   May 12th, 2009 11:30 pm ET

If convicted history will show he did what he has denied (and therefore lied about) his whole life. You actions and deceit will follow you your whole life. I don't care if he is 90 or if he is dead even, provided he gets a fair and worthy trial based on genuine evidence he should be tried. You should always stand trial for any actions which are illegal in your life. these things should never be forgotten and it is the work of Nazi hunters that bring these people to trial. Pol Potts regime was sickening but if the perpetrators are to be caught they may have to be followed by privately funded investigators as Jews have had to.

Bylon   May 13th, 2009 12:53 am ET

It is pathetice that the UN can only provide lip- service whilst being IMPOTENT against natural justice. Tony Blair ran from county to coutiries to satrt a war in IRAQ with the help of UN. Brown has sent his boneless Foreign minister to UN to prove that they are impotent too. The Rajapakse's murderour Regime knows it well and carry on the carnage before the Indian Election. The notorious THREE -Gemunu- brothers are sucking the blood of the Tamils and the Wealth of the country and will disappear to some countries. They cannot leave this world peacefully for the crimes they have been commiting. They are Scared of 'Lasanthas' but they love servants like 'Karuna' & Pillaiyan.

Thousands of Tamils all over the world cry for justice more than a month but the MASSACRE and GENOCIDE of Tamils are taking place without WITNESS( David Milliband). The ' Big Wolf' India lost it moral value and lying more than a year and encouraging Gemunu Brothers to carry the Genocide as quick as possible before the Election. One more WOLF has joined with Gemu brothers behind teh scene.

The Super Powers have proved taht they are super powers to create WARS and not to stop the Wars. Its good chance for the Arm dealers to have a market in Sri Lanka. In teh Same time the regime can play out billions and fill their pockets buy get 'Kick up's from China, Russia , USA like ministers, specially RATWATTE Family, in Chanrika's regime.

The sinhalese mass are in half way sleep for years; They regime will keep them sleeping by giving them False information as usual and they will satisfy themselves in dreams. Doi Doi for ever.

Let the Tamils in Sri Lanka be massacred with the help of so called Democratic Countires and offer their BLOOD to Lord Buddha who is a big sleeper. That's why the the RATS are happy when the CAT sleeps.

John   May 13th, 2009 1:20 pm ET

I'm not sure. This man was in court in Israel and later it turned out that he was al least not guilty of the things he was accused for. If he turnes out to be the man they think he is, i really don't care how tough they are gonna punish him. Those crimes were so bad that even after all those years he should be punished.
What everyone seems to forget is the tiny little opportunity that he really is innocent. In that case a very old man who did nothing wrong spend almost all his life being blamed for the most horrible events in world history.
The trial, if it will come to one, will prove if it was a good thing to bring this man to Germany or not!

Thomas   May 13th, 2009 1:22 pm ET

Here's an 89 year old senile man who is going to be prosecuted for a crime he committed 60 years ago, while Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka , is at this very moment committing exactly the same crime on the Tamils in his country.Why don't the International War Crimes Commission prosecute Rajapakse ?That will be more just and relevant to the times we live in. Would they do it when he is also 89 years old?
Justice delayed is justice denied.

JEBA   May 13th, 2009 3:57 pm ET

am for prosecuting WAR CRIMINALS or any criminal. Punishment
essentially serves as a deterent for those who may commit
crimes in the future. However, the best method should be to
prevent it from happening. No useful purpose will be served after
thousands or millions of people are killed – like Killing fields of Cambodia, Ruanda, Darfur, now Sri Lanka.

Ashley Jay   May 13th, 2009 4:47 pm ET

Why should the so-called Internional Coomunity intervene in Sri Lanka ? Did they intervene whenthe Israelis attcked Gaza? or Were the IC so concerned when hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed by the insurgents and by their own forces ?

This whole thing stinks because it will give the LTTE Terror squads yet another chance to re-group and re-Arm. All becuse the LTTE terorists and their sympathisers who sliped into the UA, Canada, Australia, UK and Europe have got round the corrupt politicians and broadcasters!

So in future do not expect our support for combating Terrorsim in the countries !!!

Rudy   May 13th, 2009 6:54 pm ET

He should be punished. No matter how long after, but he commmited the crimes. He's part of killing innocent jews. World is getting worst and worst. All these people who's involved in Genocide war should be punished including Rwanda, Bhutan, Sri Lanka....

vimalan kathiravel   May 14th, 2009 10:32 am ET

if they dont do nothing about it i dont see a point in having international rules

Amal Wickramasingha   May 14th, 2009 10:38 am ET

Goge Bush should also be punished for invading Iraq and killing inocent children and women.The USA was formed by masecureing native Red Indian people.Later they have masecured millons of Japanies by dropping atomic bombs.They are the people who produce Atomic,chemical, and biological wepons.Now they are doing research for weponised whether control that might lead to the end of the world.These greedy nations are trying to grab resources like oil,gold copprer diamond water , land ,seeds, etc in the entire world.Most of the western countries like USA,UK,France,The Netherlands,Portugal,and Span have become rich by robbing looting and grabbing resources of the rest of the world called 3,rd world countries.The USA is the son of UK.This family has fromed and facilitaed most dangerous terrorist organisations like Taliban,LTTE,etc to destabilize the countries who do not obey them.Now the Sri Lankan Government is nearly defeating the LTTE which is backed by the western evil forces.That is why the USA and UK have apeared for the rescue of LTTE.They want to destabilze Sri Lanka and to form a seperate state . After forming a separate state USA and UK think that they can plant a miltery base to destabilize the economies of India , china ,pakistan,and malayasia which are the super powers in asia.If you dig in to the history a land to build the first UN head quarters was donated by the Rockerfeller Foundation.The Rockerfeller foundation is a hidden arm of CIA.UN is acting as a pupet of USA.Most serious human right violations were done by the western countries like USA,UK,The Netharlands,and Potugal.The Sri Lanka was captured and ruled Potuges,Duch,and British in the past.They used divided and rule methods to ceate problems between ehinic groups.They have masecured thousands of native people including buddist preasts,small children, and women.British have destroyed entire irrigation system in Wellasa area after a defat of war in the eastern part of Sri Lanka.They have robbed ,looted,and grabbed almost all the resources of Sri Lanka.These international blood suckers have no right to intervene to the internal matters of a democratic country.If you try to intervine you will have to face repercussions you faced during the Vietnam war.

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