German defendant hospitalized during French trial

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2011 6:26 AM
German defendant hospitalized during French trial

A French trial of a retired German doctor accused of killing his step-daughter has been suspended after he was hospitalized with heart problems.

Dieter Krombach was kidnapped in Germany and brought to France on the orders of the victim's French father. Krombach's lawyers say the trial shouldn't take place because of the violent and unorthodox way he was brought here.

The Paris prosecutor's office says Krombach, who is 75, was sent to the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in the French capital on Sunday.

The trial was set to resume Monday but was suspended until medical experts submit a report on his fitness to return to the court.

Krombach, who has denied any wrongdoing, lived in freedom for years in Germany after the 1982 death of 15-year-old Kalinka Bamberski.