The International Court of Justice in Hague announced its decision on the German compensations to Greece for Nazi crimes during World War II; the court ruled against Italy. 12 voted in favor of Germany and only 3 against.
The case file concerns the surviving victims and the relatives of the victims from the Distomo Massacre, which is included among the major atrocities of the Nazi Germans in World War II.
Germany has filed an appeal in The Hague court, maintaining that Italy “has failed to respect the jurisdictional immunity which Germany enjoys under international law”.
Besides appealing the Distomo case, Germany also asked for a reversal of a decision by an Italian court for another compensation of Third Reich war crimes, concerning Luigi Ferrini, who was deported to Germany as a forced labourer in August 1944.
Representative of Greece Stelios Perrakis was present during the announcement of the court’s verdict, since Greece supported Italy concerning this case.
The representative of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Dalavekouras, responded to a relevant question that it is at least good news that Greece’s intervention in the case was accepted by the ICJ.