Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Appeals court sends WWII case to civil court


Rome, February 21 - Italy's highest appeals court
has asked a civil court to review a claim for compensation by
the family of a Second World War victim, from a former SS
officer now held in Italian custody.
The son of a man tortured and killed in 1944 by German
soldiers under former SS officer Erich Priebke, in retaliation
for a partisan attack in Rome, appealed in Germany for
However, that appeal was eventually thrown out on
jurisdictional grounds.
Now, Italy's Court of Cassation says the case must be
considered in civil court.
Priebke, 99, was extradited from Argentina in 1995 and
sentenced to life for his part in the 1944 reprisal that
occurred outside of Rome at the Fosse Ardeatine where German
soldiers killed 335 men and boys including many Jews.
Priebke has been living under house arrest in Rome.
He had a work permit revoked in 2007 after an outcry from
the city's Jewish community.
Photo: Erich Priebke

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