French high court of appeal reviews Papon case

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PARIS, June 11 (AFP) - France's highest court of appeal, the Cour de Cassation, on Friday considered a request from lawyers representing Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon that he be allowed a re-trial to fight his conviction for complicity in crimes against humanity.

PARIS, June 11 (AFP) - France's highest court of appeal, the Cour de Cassation, on Friday considered a request from lawyers representing Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon that he be allowed a re-trial to fight his conviction for complicity in crimes against humanity.

Papon, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 1998, absconded from France before his original scheduled appearance before the Cour de Cassation the following year and as a result the review never took place.

However the European Court of Human Rights has since ruled that the French law requiring appellants to turn themselves in to police custody on the eve of their hearing is against EU law, opening the way for Friday's session.

Papon, who is 93, was not in court. His lawyers argued that many aspects of the original trial in Bordeaux were unsatisfactory and urged his right to a new one. However the state attorney said there was no reason the court's verdict should be quashed.

The Cour de Cassation will give its judgement on June 16.

Papon, who was released in 2002 on medical grounds, was convicted for organising the deportation of French Jews to Nazi Germany in World War II.

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