Kidnapped German doctor teen murder trial suspended

7th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Paris court suspended Thursday the trial of a German doctor accused of the 1982 murder of the daughter of a Frenchman who took justice into his own hands and had him kidnapped and brought to France.

The court ruled that 75-year-old Dieter Krombach's health -- he suffers from heart problems and walks with a crutch -- was too poor for him to face trial and said the hearings should only resume if and when he gets better.

The trial began on Tuesday of last week.

Andre Bamberski, 73, has spent 29 years trying to get justice for his daughter, Kalinka, who died aged 14 after Krombach, a cardiologist, gave her a mysterious injection.

Bamberski is convinced that Krombach drugged Kalinka in order to rape her.

The cardiologist was stripped of his licence and handed a suspended jail sentence in Germany in 1997 for raping a 16-year-old patient after injecting her with anaesthetic in his surgery.

A French court in 1995 convicted the doctor in absentia of manslaughter for the 1982 death of Kalinka at his home near Lake Constance in southern Germany.

Krombach's lawyers had been due to argue that the latest trial should not even take place, because he has already been acquitted in Germany and because he was brought to France under duress.

Bamberski was arrested in 2009 in the French town of Mulhouse, near the German border, after tipping off police about the whereabouts of Krombach, who was found in a doorway near the city's courthouse, tied up and bleeding from a head injury.

Berlin had refused to hand Krombach over on the grounds that he was tried and acquitted in Germany.

Charged with kidnapping, assault and criminal conspiracy, Bamberski has said that he gave the go-ahead for the kidnap and would suffer the consequences.

Questioned after Kalinka's death in 1982, Krombach told German investigators he injected her with an iron-based solution to help her tan faster. He later said it was a remedy for anaemia.

But France reopened it following an autopsy on Kalinka's exhumed body, convicting the doctor of manslaughter in 1995.

The German cardiologist won a 2001 case against France before the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled he was denied a fair hearing and the right to an appeal in the case.

© 2011 AFP

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