Europe rights court rejects Greek suit over Nazi killings

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The European rights court on Wednesday rejected a legal suit by four Greeks whose parents were killed by the SS during World War II and who were seeking compensation from Germany.

Their parents were among the victimns of a massacre in Distomo carried out by the Waffen SS in on June 10, 1944, in which 218 people were killed in reprisal for attacks by resistant fighters.

But judges at the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights ruled that they could not consider the case because the European Convention on Human Rights "imposes no specific obligation on signatory states to make reparations for injustices or damages caused by its predecessors."

The plaintiffs had filed the suit in Strasbourg in 2006 after Germany's federal constitutional court refused to hear the case.

The issue of wartime reparation claims over Nazi Germany's four-year occupation of Greece, which ruined the country financially and left thousands dead, has complicated relations between Athens and Berlin for decades.

© 2011 AFP

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