Frenchman convicted of kidnap of daughter's killer

Thursday 19 June 2014 00.05
France's top court in April confirmed Krombach's conviction and his 15-year prison sentence
France's top court in April confirmed Krombach's conviction and his 15-year prison sentence

A 76-year-old Frenchman has been convicted of having kidnapped a German ex-doctor who had killed his daughter, but he avoided jail time as the court handed down a suspended sentence.

The court in the eastern French border town of Mulhouse gave Andre Bamberski a suspended one-year sentence for having abducted Dieter Krombach and brought him to France to face trial.

Krombach was found bound and gagged in 2009 near the courthouse in Mulhouse after Bamberski hired a kidnap team who snatched the man from his home in the southern German town of Scheidegg.

Krombach was convicted in 2011 over the death of Bamberski's 14-year-old daughter Kalinka, who was living at the German's home with her mother and younger brother, in 1982.

Germany cleared Krombach of her death and refused to extradite him.

But Bamberski was convinced of his guilt, especially after Krombach was convicted of drugging and raping a 16-year-old patient in 1997.

France's top court in April confirmed Krombach's conviction for "deliberate violence leading to involuntary death" and his 15-year prison sentence.