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Date:  18-Nov-95 14:50 EST
Subj:  APn  11/18 1140  BRF--Accused Nazi
    
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BOSTON (AP) -- A retired machinist accused of collaborating with 
the Nazis in Lithuania during World War II must answer questions 
about his wartime conduct, a federal judge has ruled. 

The government accuses Aleksandras Lileikis of being the chief of 
a Lithuanian secret police force that handed over Jews and 
communists to Nazi execution squads. The United States is trying 
to revoke his citizenship. Lileikis, 88, who came to the United 
States in 1955, has refused to answer any questions about his wartime 
activities, citing his Fifth Amendment privilege against 
self-incrimination. 

U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns ruled Friday that Lileikis 
must answer prosecutors' questions. 

"To the extent that Lileikis' testimony may help resolve this 
controversy, it serves a legitimate need of the government in 
preparing its case," Stearns wrote. 

Lileikis, who lives in suburban Norwood, said government documents 
allegedly proving his responsibility for killing Jews are forgeries. 
Lileikis is wanted by Lithuanian prosecutors planning criminal 
proceedings against him. 

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