Court Clears Girl of Killing Pro-Nazi Father
May. 18, 1992
DOUAI, France (AP) _ A court Monday acquitted a 19-year-old woman of murdering her father, a right-wing extremist who allegedly terrorized his family and sought to raise them as neo-Nazis
The defendant, identified only as Ida, was charged with the fatal shooting of her 42-year-old father July 18, 1989. He was shot with a .22-caliber rifle while he slept.
Ida, who has a year-old daughter, faced 20 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors requested a suspended jail sentence of two or three years. The court proceedings were held behind closed doors because she was a juvenile at the time of the killing.
Defense lawyer Blandine Lejeune said the father was an official for the French and European Nationalist Party, a right-wing group. He forced his children to learn combat tactics and how to handle arms, and read to them from Hitler's ''Mein Kampf,'' the lawyer told reporters in Douai, about 110 miles northeast of Paris.
The lawyer said the father threatened to torture family members who he believed knew the whereabouts of his eldest daughter, who had run off with her boyfriend.