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Is Michigan Man, 71, A War Criminal or Simply an Ice Cream Man

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Is Mahmoud Bazzi, 71, a Lebanese native who operates an ice cream truck in Dearborn, a war criminal?

Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press headed to Ireland for a detailed report on the whole ordeal.

Schaefer reports that folks in Dublin say Bazzi was responsible for the murder in 1980 of Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett, who were part of the Irish Defense Forces working for the United Nations peace keeping forces in Lebanon. A third Irish private, John O’Mahony, was shot twice but survived.

Schaefer writes that there are two eye witnesses linking him to the murders. Bazzi, through interpreters, denies it all.

Schaefer reports that on Tuesday, U.S. Homeland Security officers arrested Bazzi at his apartment in east Dearborn. He’s due this week in federal court in Detroit where authorities plan to start the deportation process to send him to his native Lebanon.

Schaefer reports that Bazzi is being held on an immigration violation. He used someone else’s passport to enter the country 21 years ago, Schaefer reports.  U.S. authorities won’t say whether he will face charges linked to the shootings.

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Former Guatemalan Army Commander Accused in Massacre Brought to U.S. on Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The massacre was brutal.

More than 200 men, women and children in Guatemala  were killed, often after being struck by a sledgehammer  in the 1982 attack on the village of Dos Erres.

A former Guatemalan army commander accused of participating in the massacre was returned to the U.S. on Friday following his extradition from Calgary, Canada, Reuters reports.

Jorge Sosa, 54, is accused of lying about his past to gain U.S. citizenship, but has not been charged in connection with the attack because the U.S. has no jurisdiction in Guatemala, Reuters reported.

Germany Probes Philadelphia Man Accused of Role with Nazis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Germany is investigating an 87-year-old Philadelphia man accused of serving as an SS guard at an Auschwitz death camp, the Associated Press reports.

Although the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to deport Johann “Hans” Breyer, a retired toolmaker, on allegations he participated in the slaughter of at least 344,000 Jews at the camp, German officials are calling for his extradition, according to the AP.

The war-crimes office in Germany is recommending that Breyer be extradited and stand trail on charges that he was accessory to murder at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in occupied Poland.

An extradition would be a victory for the Justice Department, which failed for more than a decade to get Breyer deported, according to the AP.

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Attorneys for Convicted Nazi War Criminal Seek Posthumous Restoration of U.S. Citizenship

John Demjanjuk/msnbc

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Even in death, his legal battle continues.

The JTA News Service reports that attorneys for deceased Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk are trying to restore his U.S. citizenship. They’ve asked a U.S. appeals court to restore his status posthumously.

Demjanjuk, a former Cleveland area autoworker, died in Germany in March at age 91. He was free at the time appealing his conviction for participating in the murder of 27,900 people at the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

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