Defense begins its case in Podins trial

  • 1998-08-27
  • By Daniel Silva
VALMIERA - The defense in the trial of Eduards Podins got off to a rocky start Aug. 21 as his siblings contradicted previous witnesses and each other.Podins is accused by the Canadian Justice Department of collaborating with the Nazis, by voluntarily working as a guard at a concentration camp prison in Valmiera, and then lying about it to get into Canada. If the Federal Court of Canada concludes this was the case, Podins can be stripped of his Canadian citizenship and be deported from the country that has been his home for the past 39 years.His defense lawyer, Dennis McCrea, claims Podins w...
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