Spain Court Seeks Extradition of Accused Nazi War Criminal

John Demjanjuk, who topped Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted war criminals, is on trial in Germany for allegedly assisting in killings at Sobibor concentration camp.

Spain's high court requested an international arrest warrant for John Demjanjuk, an accused Nazi war criminal on trial in Germany, according to a ruling made public on Friday.

The high court wants to bring Demjanjuk, 90, to trial in Spain on accusations he was responsible for the deaths of Spaniards held in the Flossenburg concentration camp where he was a guard during World War Two.

The high court issued the ruling on Jan. 7 but it was not made public until Friday.

Demjanjuk was born in Ukraine and fought in the Red Army before the Nazis captured him and recruited him as a camp guard.

He emigrated to the United States in 1951 and became a naturalized citizen in 1958.

Demjanjuk in late 2009
Demjanjuk in late 2009AP

Demjanjuk, who was top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most wanted war criminals, is accused in Germany of assisting in killings at the Sobibor concentration camp.

The high court wants Demjanjuk to be extradited to Spain after his trial in Germany. The ruling said that 150 Spaniards were imprisoned in the Flossenburg camp.