European Court of Human Rights Puts to Rest the Krombach/Bamberski Saga

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Friday, April 13, 2018
Michael Plachta

On March 29, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights – Fifth Section (ECtHR or the Court) delivered a decision in the case of Krombach v. France (application no. 67521/14). It declared (unanimously) the application inadmissible. The decision is final. This is the last act in the 36-years-long Krombach/Bamberski story which would lend an excellent script for a good criminal movie. It has had all elements to build a suspense expected from such a movie: young girl, alleged rape, murder (or at least homicide), mysterious circumstances of a death, criminal charges and multiple investigations in two different jurisdictions arising out of the same action, civil litigation, kidnapping across state border, multiple convictions, and international tribunals involved in this case.