World Report

Sign up for Weekday J and get the latest on what's happening in the Jewish Bay Area.

TORONTO (JTA) — A Canadian federal court has ruled that a deportation hearing for accused Nazi war criminal Josef Nemsila can continue.

Justice James Jerome said Friday of last week that a Canadian immigration official was wrong to rule that a 1910 law protecting immigrants who have been in Canada more than five years applied to Nemsila.

As a result of the immigration official's decision, deportation proceedings against Nemsila had been halted last year.

Nemsila, 83, is accused of lying about his Nazi past when he came to Canada in 1950. A legal resident of Canada, Nemsila was allegedly a district commander in the notorious Hlinka Guard in the Nazi vassal state of Slovakia.

He also is accused of participating in the roundup of the country's 100,000 Jews and in their deportation to Auschwitz and other death camps in Poland.

Ed Morgan, legal counsel for the Canadian Jewish Congress, said, "Essentially, the federal court has said that the five-year clock never started running because he entered through misrepresentation."

Czech legislator faces court action

PRAGUE (JTA) — A district court judge in Czechoslovakia has asked that the immunity of Josef Krejsa, who won a seat in the Czech Parliament, be suspended.

The move last week comes after legal proceedings against Krejsa, who is accused of assaulting people at a 1994 Czech-German commemoration at the Theresienstadt ghetto, were halted.

Krejsa, who won his Parliament seat in June, is a member of the far-right Association for the Republic-Republican Party of Czechoslovakia. All Parliament members here have immunity.

Police charged Krejsa with disorderly conduct after an incident that took place outside the walls of the town of Theresienstadt, which is called Terezin in Czech.

Starting in 1941, the Nazis deported about 150,000 Jews to the Theresienstadt ghetto, from where they were sent to various death camps. Starting in October 1942, they were sent mainly to Auschwitz.

Five of Krejsa's companions have been found guilty of disorderly conduct and fined between $75 and $300 each.