JERUSALEM, FEB. 18 -- Defense attorneys pleaded for the acquittal of accused Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in their final arguments today in a session marked by emotional outbursts by a Holocaust survivor and members of the retired U.S. autoworker's family.
"You're liars! Shame on you!" Demjanjuk's wife, Vera, shouted at prosecutors.
An hour later, as he was led from the court in handcuffs, Demjanjuk told onlookers jovially, "I feel okay. Don't worry, I'm not 'Ivan Grozny,' " Russian for "Ivan the Terrible."
Defense lawyer Paul Chumak pleaded for acquittal in the last day of summations in the case of Demjanjuk, 67, accused of being "Ivan the Terrible," the sadistic Nazi death camp guard who shoved thousands of Jews and other prisoners into the gas chambers of Treblinka.
"Your verdict must not only be founded on the evidence but it must also withstand the test of time so that in five or 10 or even 50 years it shall be said, 'Justice was done in Jerusalem -- Demjanjuk was acquitted according to the law,' " Chumak said.
Later, family members burst into tears as a prosecutor denied a defense claim that the prosecution had hindered defense efforts to gather evidence to help clear Demjanjuk.
Before the family's outburst, defense attorney John Gill argued that Treblinka survivors who identified Demjanjuk as "Ivan" had faulty memories. A Holocaust survivor jumped up in court and screamed at the defense, "You are all liars."
"I was among the dead, and here I am living in this court," said Mordechai Fuchs, who said his family was killed at Treblinka, in Nazi-occupied Poland, while he was held in a nearby concentration camp.
Demjanjuk is accused under Israel's Genocide Law of crimes against humanity and the Jewish people. The three-judge panel is expected to consider the case for at least a month before delivering a verdict. If convicted, Demjanjuk could be hanged.