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 Canada seeks to deport Czech for war crimes
    OTTAWA, April 19 (Reuter) - Canada said on Wednesday it will
 hold a deportation hearing for a former Czech citizen suspected
 of being a Nazi-era war criminal who lied to get into Canada
 after World War Two.
    Toronto resident Joseph Nemsila will appear before an
 immigration board hearing in Toronto on Monday to answer charges
 he lied to get into Canada. ``There are allegations that one way
 or another he entered the country though misrepresentation,'' a
 government spokesman said.
    In January, Canada said it would try to deport suspected war
 criminals who lied about their pasts to obtain citizenship or to
 live in the country.
    Nemsila is a permanent resident of Canada but held
 citizenship of the former Czechoslovakia.
    Jewish lobby groups said they were pleased the government
 was moving to deport him but criticised the delays in starting
 the deportation hearings. ``They are still going very slow.
 Where are the others?'' asked Rubin Friedman, director of
 government relations for the lobby group B'nai Brith.
    In March the government launched proceedings to deport an
 84-year-man accused of being part of a Nazi unit that executed
 Jews in German-occupied Latvia.
    And in 1992 Canada successfully deported Jacob Luitjens, a
 former British Columbia university professor, for concealing his
 Nazi past when he settled in Canada. He was sent to the
 Netherlands, where he was given a life sentence.
    Luitjens was released from a Dutch prison in March, but the
 Canadian government has said there was no way he would be
 allowed back into the country.
    Canada has had less luck convicting suspected Nazi war
 criminals under Canadian laws in its courts. The government or
 the courts have dropped charges against four suspects because of
 a lack of sufficient evidence.
    The government did not release any details on Nemsila's
 alleged war crimes or his age.

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