Germany has immunity for WW2 crimes

Aug. 11, 2012 at 12:54 PM

ROME, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Italy's highest court has voted to uphold a decision by an international court that Germany has immunity for crimes committed by the Nazis.

The Court of Cassation disagreed with the ruling, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. The judges said the International Court of Justice "provokes nothing less than impunity" in cases involving compensation for crimes against humanity.

But the court said it has to "respect" the decision that reverses its own finding that 12 Italians drafted into forced labor in Germany after the fall of Benito Mussolini are entitled to compensation.

In 2008, Italian and German officials in a ceremony at the site of a concentration camp near Trieste agreed to a joint investigation of the fate of Italians sent to Germany during World War II. Germany occupied northern Italy after the country switched sides following the allied invasion.

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