A 94-year-old man found to have lied about his membership in a Second World War Nazi death squad has launched yet another appeal of the government’s decision to strip him of his Canadian citizenship.
In his latest development in a now decades-old case, Helmut Oberlander argues, among other things, that a Federal Court justice who affirmed the government’s action last fall should have recused himself from the case.
Mr. Oberlander, of Waterloo, Ont., also tells the Federal Court of Appeal that the ministers of citizenship and justice should not have taken part in the government’s decision-making. Both have been involved in the proceedings against him and could appear biased, he says. However, he says he has been unable to find out if they were involved.
The retired businessman, who potentially faces deportation as Jewish groups have demanded if the citizenship revocation sticks, wants the case returned to Federal Court for a hearing by another judge.
The office of Citizenship Minister Ahmed Hussen did not respond to a request for comment. Canada Border Services Agency, which would be tasked with any enforcement action, had no immediate comment.
In September, Federal Court Justice Michael Phelan sided with the government, which had revoked Mr. Oberlander’s citizenship in June, 2017, for the fourth time since the mid-1990s. The government maintained he was complicit in war crimes by belonging to Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek-10a. The notorious squad was responsible for killing close to 100,000 people, mostly Jewish.