Court: Railway no liability in deportations

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27 March 2007, Bordeaux (dpa) - The administrative court of the city of Bordeaux on Tuesday annulled an earlier conviction of the French state rail network SNCF for its part in the transportation of a French Jewish family to a concentration camp during World War II. The Bordeaux court decided that the administrative court of Toulouse, which in June of last year ordered the SNCF to pay the descendants of the family damages of 62,000 euros (82,500 dollars), was not competent to rule in the affair. The case h

27 March 2007

Bordeaux (dpa) - The administrative court of the city of Bordeaux on Tuesday annulled an earlier conviction of the French state rail network SNCF for its part in the transportation of a French Jewish family to a concentration camp during World War II.

The Bordeaux court decided that the administrative court of Toulouse, which in June of last year ordered the SNCF to pay the descendants of the family damages of 62,000 euros (82,500 dollars), was not competent to rule in the affair.

The case had been brought by Green Party European parliamentarian Alain Lipietz, whose uncle, his step-brother and their parents had been transported by train to the camp at Drancy in May 1944 after being denounced by neighbours.

Drancy was a French holding camp whose inmates were ultimately transported to death camps in Germany.

Lipietz said after the decision that he would take the case to the country's highest judicial body, the Council of State.

DPA

Subject: German news

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