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German doc gets jail for stepdaughter death

A French court Thursday upheld a 15-year jail sentence for a German doctor convicted of killing his step-daughter and forcibly brought back to France by the girl's biological father.

German doc gets jail for stepdaughter death
Andre Bamberski (l), father of Kalinka, who died in 1982, and Dieter Krombach, convicted of her killing. Photo: Boris Horvat/family album

Dieter Krombach was appealing the sentence by a Paris court in October 2011 which had convicted him of "deliberate violence leading to involuntary death"of his step-daughter Kalinka at their German home in 1982.

Krombach was impassive after Thursday's ruling but his lawyer, Philippe Ohayon, said he would appeal, adding that his 77-year-old client was "being sent to death row."

In a case that captivated France, Kalinka's biological father, Andre Bamberski, took the law into his own hands after Germany refused to hand Krombach over, employing a team of kidnappers to drag him to France before dumping him near a courthouse.

"I fought for this," Bamberski said after the court verdict.

Kalinka was found dead in her bed at the home she shared with her younger brother, her mother and Krombach and their two children 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.

A German investigation into her death found there was not enough evidence to charge Krombach but Bamberski, convinced the German had raped and killed his daughter, brought charges against him in France.

A French court in 1995 found him guilty in absentia, but Germany refused to send Krombach to France and the conviction was eventually overturned.

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French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

France’s Economy Minister has praised the work of Bordeaux law officers, after they seized more than 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin with an estimated street value in excess of €19 million.

French police seize 2.4 tonnes of cannabis near Bordeaux

Bruno Le Maire and Minister Delegate in charge of Public Accounts Gabriel Attal in a joint statement: “Once again, Customs distinguished itself with an exceptional seizure of cannabis, recalling its key role in the fight against drug trafficking. We congratulate the customs officers for their daily commitment to the protection of our fellow citizens.”

Two people were taken into custody after officers stopped a lorry from Spain on the A63, near the Saugnac-et-Muret toll area, just south of Bordeaux, on Monday.

According to Le Figaro, the drugs were hidden in side compartments of the lorry, and concealed by its stated load of wheat, and were discovered by a sniffer dog during the stop.

In total, 2,414.8kg of cannabis resin and 9.75kg of cannabis herb were intercepted by the Bordeaux brigade, with an estimated value of more than €19 million on the illicit market.

Since the end of July, 2022, Customs officials have seized nearly 73 tonnes of drugs, including 41.2 tonnes of cannabis.

The French drugs squad is now investigating to determine the point of origin of the drugs, as well as their destination and the crime network behind the smuggling attempt.

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