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January 7, 1997


 B'NAI BRITH CANADA GRANTED INTERVENOR STATUS IN
 WAR CRIMES TRIAL


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto...B'nai Brith Canada (BBC), Canada's senior Jewish advocacy
organization, has received intervenor status at the Federal Court of
Appeal hearing of alleged Nazi war criminal Josef Nemsila. BBC argued
that it merited intervenor status because of its expertise in the Nazi
war crimes issue. 

The Federal Court of Appeal hearing (January 20-21, 1997) is a result
of a decision by Federal Court Justice James Jerome to grant judicial
review in the case against Nemsila. Justice Jerome found that an
Immigration Adjudicator had erred in an earlier ruling that Nemsila
was protected by an obscure 1910 law protecting landed immigrants who
have been in Canada for more than five years. The Federal Court of
Appeal will be examining questions certified by Justice Jerome.

B'nai Brith Canada's legal team is headed by David Matas, BBC's senior
legal counsel and Canada's foremost legal expert on immigration and
war crimes issues.

Frank Dimant, Executive Vice-President of B'nai Brith Canada issued
the following statement:

As the leading Jewish advocacy organization, B'nai Brith Canada is
pleased to be actively contributing to the Federal governments case against Nemsila.
It is vital that B'nai Brith and other Jewish organizations
have the opportunity to provide their invaluable expertise in the
prosecution of alleged Nazi war criminals. B'nai Brith is fortunate to
have a pool of outstanding volunteers, including lawyers and
historians, working on the war crimes portfolio. 

Nemsila has been convicted in absentia in his native Slovakia for
being a district commander of the notorious Hlinka Guard. The unit
collaborated with the German SS and participated in the murders of
Jews and Roma during the Second World War.


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For further information contact:

David Matas, Honourary Senior Legal Counsel, B'nai Brith Canada
(204) 944-1831


David Cooper
Research & Communication
League for Human Rights
B'nai Brith Canada
15 Hove St.
Downsview, ON
M3H 4Y8

(416) 633-6224 ext. 130
(416) 630-2159 Fax

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