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Frenchman, 76, convicted of kidnapping man he blamed for daughter's death

FILE - In this Dec.20, 2012 file photo, Andre Bamberski, the father of Kalinka, arrives at the Creteil courthouse on the last day of Krombach's appeal, outside Paris. A French court has convicted the 76-year-old man of ordering a cross-border kidnapping to avenge his daughter's death. The conviction Wednesday June 18, 2014 culminates Bamberski's decades-long mission for justice after his 15-year-old daughter Kalinka died in 1982. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

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FILE - In this Dec.20, 2012 file photo, Andre Bamberski, the father of Kalinka, arrives at the Creteil courthouse on the last day of Krombach's appeal, outside Paris. A French court has convicted the 76-year-old man of ordering a cross-border kidnapping to avenge his daughter's death. The conviction Wednesday June 18, 2014 culminates Bamberski's decades-long mission for justice after his 15-year-old daughter Kalinka died in 1982. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

PARIS - A French court has convicted a 76-year-old man of ordering a cross-border kidnapping to avenge his daughter's death.

The conviction Wednesday culminates Andre Bamberski's decades-long mission for justice after his 15-year-old daughter Kalinka died in 1982.

Magistrate Marie-Helene Calvano in Mulhouse in eastern France says the court handed Bamberski a one-year suspended prison sentence.

Bamberski was accused of hiring henchmen to kidnap the girl's stepfather, Dieter Krombach, in Germany in 2009 and bring him to France for trial. As a result, Krombach is now serving a 15-year prison sentence for "intentional violence that led to unintentional death." Krombach, 79, was accused of giving the girl a dangerous injection so he could rape her.

Germany had refused to extradite Krombach, so Bamberski took justice into his own hands.

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