Man Cleared of Nazi Charges Dies of Bomb Injuries
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) _ Tscherim Soobzokov, a retired government worker cleared of charges that he was a Nazi war criminal, died today of injuries he sustained after a bomb attack on his home last month.
Soobzokov, 61, died at 9:21 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Linda Sharkasi.
Soobzokov lost part of his leg in the bombing Aug. 15 and had multiple injuries to his lower body. He was in critical condition from the time of the attack until his death, the spokeswoman said.
The body was taken to the office of the Passaic County Medical Examiner and an autopsy was to be performed this afternoon, said Martin Kayne, a chief assistant county prosecutor.
FBI spokesman Michael McDonnell said no arrests have been made in the case. He said there might be a connection between the bombing at Soobzokov’s home and a bombing earlier at the Long Island home of another man acquitted of participating in Nazi war crimes.
Paterson Mayor Frank X. Graves said several people telephoned his office today saying they were glad that Soobzokov died.
″No matter how callous one might be, death is due respect,″ Graves said. ″Let’s respect the relatives and offer them condolences in their time of bereavement,″ he said.
On the day of the attack, Soobzokov had reported that two people in a car tried to run him over. Hours later, at 4:30 a.m., a bomb exploded in front of his home. His wife, daughter and grandchild also were injured in the attack.
Soobzokov vigorously denied participation in any Nazi war crimes, but his home has been the scene of picketing over the years. In 1979, an explosive device arrived in the mail and was detonated by Army experts after its discovery.
In 1979, a federal grand jury’investigating allegations of war crimes found no grounds to indict Soobzokov, then the chief purchasing agent for Passaic County. He was also cleared of charges he hid involvement with the Nazi SS when he was admitted to the United States in 1955.