TORONTO, 12 Mar – RIA Novosti. The process of deportation from Canada of ex-SS man Helmut Oberlander, who is suspected in Russia of involvement in the murder of 27 thousand civilians of the USSR during World War II, may last two years, criminal lawyer John Philpot said in an interview with RIA Novosti.
The Canadian Immigration Commission announced on February 8 that it was suspending the deportation procedure for Oberlander, who had been deprived of Canadian citizenship. Anna Peyp, a spokeswoman for the department, told RIA Novosti that the consideration of the deportation issue has been postponed until at least March 19.
The process could take “a significant number of months”, Philpot said. He explained that a case could be referred to a federal appellate court, and if the federal court ruled that the case was a “significant legal matter”, it could increase the length of the initial hearing.
“It could take another year or two,” Philpot said.
The lawyer noted that the defense strategy is to drag out the case until the death of Oberlander (he is now 96 years old). Philpot added that Oberlander's advanced age and numerous previously reported illnesses could make his deportation “problematic.”
According to the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Oberlander was involved, in particular, in the execution of 27 thousand people in the Rostov region in 1942. Then he was the translator of the SS-10a Sonderkommando. At one time, the KGB of the USSR found out that in 1941-1943, members of this group massively shot civilians and killed them in mobile gas chambers – “gas chambers”.