Thursday, 9 May 2013

Italy asks Jewish leader to pay Nazi's court fees

Ricardo Pacifici refuses to pay fees of convicted war criminal, who is bankrupt, after winning case against him, but Italian law requires 'all parties involved' to foot bill if losing party cannot pay.


A Jewish community leader and a journalist have been asked to pay Italian court fees after winning a case against a convicted Nazi war criminal, local media reported Wednesday.
While former SS captain Erich Priebke, 99, lost his libel case, he does not officially have any income or property. The Equitalia tax collecting agency told the two defendants to pay a levy of more than 300 euros (394 dollars) for the registration of the ruling.  
According to Italian law, if the losing party cannot pay, then "all parties involved should be asked to pay the tax."
Priebke sued Rome Jewish community leader Riccardo Pacifici and RAI state television reporter Valter Vecellio in 1996, when they protested an Italian military court's decision at the time not to prosecute him for war crimes.
He was extradited from Argentina to stand trial in Italy for his role in the 1944 Fosse Ardeatine massacre, in which German soldiers executed 335 Italian men and boys in a cave on the outskirts of Rome.
The case was reopened after a public outcry and Priebke was sentenced to life imprisonment - but granted house arrest because of his advanced age.
Pacifici has said he will not pay the fee, La Repubblica reported. Vecellio told RAI he would comply with the law, but said the case was "offensive," and called for more checks to be run on Priebke to see if he really has no means to pay.


Priebke didn't do any crime, for the German army clearly said they were going to retaliate in case of violent revolt against them. What happened? a Jewish partisan, in spite of the terrible situation, had put a bomb killing some German soldiers, and obviously fleed without being prosecuted. Then Priebke's squad put into practice what the German army clearly said: retaliation. All of this has happened because of the thoughtless action of a Jew!

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