Thursday, June 19, 2014

France: Court Shows Compassionate For Father Who Spent Decades Searching For Justice for Daughter

According to The Associated Press,  a French court displayed true compassion for a father, who spent decades to avenge his daughter's death, Kalinka, 15, who died in Germany in 1982.

André Bamberski, 76, was very kindly sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence on Wednesday (June 18) in the French city of Mulhouse.

COMMENT: Mr. Bamberski suspected his daughter's step-father, Dieter Krombach, of administering Kalinka, 15 at the time, a dangerous injection so he could rape her--an injection that caused her death.

A French court convicted Krombach in absentia, yet a German court said evidence was insufficient to prove his guilt and refused to extradite him.

So in 2009, Mr. Bamberski took justice into his own hands and hired two men to forcibly bring Krombach to France to face prosecution. 

Krombach was tied up and dumped near a French courthouse and subsequently re-convicted of "intentional violence that led to unintentional death." Now 79 years of age, he is serving a 15-year sentence in a French prison.

On Wednesday, the court in Mulhouse convicted Bamberski of organizing a kidnapping and handed him a one-year suspended prison sentence, according to magistrate Marie-Helene Calvano in Mulhouse. 

Two other men were convicted of carrying out the abduction, each sentenced to a year in prison.

Bamberski had faced up to ten years in prison in the case, which raised questions about vigilante-style justice and about cross-border prosecution in the 28-nation EU.

Krombach had been suspended from practicing medicine after a 1997 conviction for drugging and raping a 16-year-old girl in his office. He pleaded guilty.