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World court upholds German legal immunity from being sued in foreign courts for Nazi crimes
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) ' The United Nations' highest court has confirmed that Germany has legal immunity from being sued in foreign courts by victims of World War II Nazi atrocities.
The International Court of Justice said in a ruling Friday that Italy's Supreme Court violated Germany's sovereignty in 2008 by judging that an Italian civilian, Luigi Ferrini, was entitled to reparations for his deportation to Germany in 1944 to work as slave laborer in the armaments industry.
Germany argued that the Italian ruling threw into doubt a restitution system put in place after the Nazis' defeat that has seen Germany pay tens of billions of dollars in reparations since the 1950s.
The world court says that the Italian case violated Germany's longstanding immunity from being sued in national courts.