Kidnapped German doctor teen murder trial set for October

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The trial of a German doctor accused of the murder of the daughter of a Frenchman -- who took justice into his own hands and had him kidnapped and brought to France -- was Tuesday rescheduled for October.

Legal officials said the case -- adjourned earlier this month due to the accused's health problems -- will now be held from Ocotber 3 to October 21.

A Paris court had 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.

Andre Bamberski, 73, has spent 29 years trying to get justice for his daughter, Kalinka, who died aged 14 in 1982 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.

© 2011 AFP

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