Monday, September 3, 2007
The Guardian (UK) reports that Corriere della Sera, Italy's highest appeal court, will hear an appeal this week by the German government over a lower court ruling in favor of Greek descendants of the 1944 massacre in the village of Distomo, Greence:
In 1997, following years of legal wrangling, the supreme court in Athens ruled that the German state should pay the villagers the equivalent of €23m. When the money was not forthcoming, the court gave the plaintiffs a claim on the premises in Athens of the Goethe-Institut, the German equivalent of the British Council.
The Greek authorities blocked the implementation of the court order, but the children of one of the victims took the case to the Florence court after it ruled that the decision could be executed in Italy.
A ruling by Italy's top appeal court would have implications for descendants of the victims of other massacres, particularly in the Balkans.