Federal authorities have begun deportation proceedings against a Minneapolis man accused of crimes during World War II.
In a civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court Monday, authorities allege that Edgars Inde, 79, a native of Latvia, belonged to a commando unit known as the Latvian Auxiliary Police, a Nazi-approved organization subordinate to German authorities.
Federal authorities allege that as a member of that organization, Inde participated in killing unarmed Jews and other civilians in 1941 and 1942.
When contacted Monday, Inde heatedly denied he killed Jews.
The lawsuit was filed against Inde by the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Office of Special Investigations. The suit is the first in a series of steps to revoke Inde's U.S. citizenship and deport him, the attorney's office said in a statement.
The suit alleges that Inde hid his participation in war crimes when he came to the United States in 1949 and applied for naturalization. Inde became a citizen in 1955.