Dieter Krombach, a German doctor, stands accused of the 1982 murder of his French step-daughter Kalinka Bamberski. A French court found him guilty of manslaughter in absentia in 1995, but Germany refused to hand him over after a court there dismissed the case against him.
The 74-year-old cardiologist turned up on Sunday – bound, gagged and bleeding – outside a courthouse in eastern France, where he now faces a second trial.
Kalinka’s biological father, 71-year-old Andre Bamberski, also faces a trial over his alleged role in the accused German’s abduction.
Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba reports on the case, which has revived debate over legal co-operation within the European Union.