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Canada Has Set No Date in Ex-Nazi Deportation Case, Hearings to Resume in September

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TORONTO (Sputnik) - Canadian immigration authorities have not set a hearing date in the deportation case of former Nazi Helmut Oberlander, Immigration and Refugee Board spokesperson Anna Pape told Sputnik.

urThe Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) said in a notice last week that the Immigration Division, which is handling Oberlander’s case, will resume hearings put on hold due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic on 14 September.

"A hearing for Mr Oberlander has not been scheduled at this time", Pape said on Tuesday.

In February, the IRB said that the former Schutzstaffel (SS) member's legal counsel requested that the case be dismissed over a lack of jurisdiction.

Should the case proceed, an admissibility hearing would be scheduled to determine whether the allegations against Oberlander are founded, only after which a deportation order could be issued.

On 9 April, Russian investigators announced that the 96-year-old was complicit in the World War II shooting of 27,000 people in Russia's Rostov region.

Additionally, in February, Russia's Investigative Committee sent a request to Canadian authorities to provide legal materials related to the investigation into the former translator's role in the massacre of orphans in the Russian city of Yeysk during World War II.

The Investigative Committee is trying to assess Oberlander's role in the crime against humanity, which the committee noted does not have a statute of limitations, in accordance with the 1945 Charter of the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg.

The Canadian government began trying to strip Ukrainian-born Oberlander of his Canadian citizenship in 1995, citing the fact that he failed to disclose his links to the death squads. This led to a lengthy legal battle. The former Nazi was stripped of his citizenship for the fourth time in 2017 and Canada’s Supreme Court issued a ruling last December that blocked any possibility for Oberlander to appeal this decision.

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