Kidnapped doctor loses appeal over French teen's death

2nd April 2014, Comments 0 comments

France's top court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a German ex-doctor who was convicted of killing his step-daughter after he was kidnapped and forcibly brought to France.

The Cour de Cassation confirmed a 15-year prison sentence against Dieter Krombach, 78, who was convicted in 2011 in the death of his 14-year-old step-daughter Kalinka at their German home in 1982.

He was tried in France after Kalinka's biological father Andre Bamberski, frustrated with Germany's refusal to hand him over, hired a kidnap team who snatched the doctor from his home in Scheidegg, brought him to France and left him, bound and gagged, near the courts in the border town of Mulhouse.

The court rejected a defence claim that he could not be tried in France because a German investigation in 1987 had found there was not enough evidence to charge him.

Kalinka was found dead in her bed at the home she shared with her younger brother, her mother and Krombach and their two children near Lake Constance in southern Germany in July 1982.

An autopsy proved inconclusive as to the cause of death, but forensic examinations of the body called into doubt Krombach's account of her final hours.

Krombach's credibility was weakened in 1997 when the cardiologist was convicted of drugging and raping a 16-year-old patient, handed a suspended sentence and had his license suspended.

© 2014 AFP

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