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Attorney-General of the State of Israel v. Adolf Eichmann

Supreme Court of Israel
36 I.L.R. 277 (1962)


Facts

Adolf Eichmann (defendant) was a German Nazi officer involved in the internment and extermination of Jewish people during World War II. Eichmann was tried for his crimes in Israel in the District Court of Jerusalem and was convicted of various violations of the Nazis and Nazi Collaborators (Punishment) Law 5710-1950 (the Law), receiving a death sentence as a result. Eichmann had petitioned the government of West Germany for extradition, but his application was denied. Eichmann appealed his convictions, arguing that both the Law and Israel’s exercise of jurisdiction over Eichmann pursuant to the Law violated international law, because the offenses had occurred outside of Israel in Germany, and therefore, only Germany had jurisdiction over the offenses.

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