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Denjanjuk starts hunger strike

JERUSALEM (AP) - John Demjanjuk, convicted in Israel as the brutal Nazi camp guard 'Ivan the Terrible', started a three-day fast yesterday to protest at a delay in the ruling on his appeal, his lawyer said.

'Nine months have passed, nothing has happened,' Yoram Sheftel said of the Supreme Court deliberations. 'Any jury in the Western world would come to its conclusions within one hour.' Mr Sheftel said the fast, marking seven years in detention for Demjanjuk, was a 'warning strike' during which he would only drink water. The lawyer acknowledged that some of the delays in the case were due to the defence's own requests for time to pursue evidence.