Kampusch policeman gets ten months’ jail

Kampusch policeman gets ten months' jail
Vienna regional court. File photo: APA/Fohringer
A Viennese policeman who carried out an illegal investigation into the kidnapping of Natascha Kampusch has been sentenced to ten months in prison for abuse of office.

Natascha Kampusch was ten years old when she was abducted by Wolfgang Priklopil on her way home from school in 1998. She was locked in an underground room by Priklopil, and only managed to escape in August 2006, eight and a half years later.

In 2011 and 2012 the policeman went into a primary school in Mödling, Lower Austria, to try and get a DNA sample from a girl to determine whether she was the biological daughter of Kampusch, and to prove that this child had been sexually abused by accomplices of Priklopil.

The 63-year-old was later suspended from his job.

His case is connected to the retired president of Austria’s Supreme Court, Johann Rzeszut, who was part of a commission charged with investigating official negligence in the Kampusch case.

Rzeszut said that he found 27 inconsistencies and omissions in the case and claimed that police ignored several vital pieces of evidence. He allegedly persuaded the police officer to help him prove that Priklopil had not acted alone.

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