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Appeals court sends WWII case to civil court

21/02/2013

Family of victim of Ardeatine massacre seeks compensation

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 compensation. 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