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Amsterdam & Partners LLP Acting for Mr Stephan Templ in Kafkaesque Austrian
Criminal Case
London, 4 September 2014
The firm of Amsterdam & Partners has been retained by Stephan Templ after his conviction
by an Austrian court.
Mr Templ, an Austrian citizen, has been sentenced to three years in prison for “defrauding
the Austrian Republic” following a restitution claim for a share of a 19th-century hospital
in Vienna that was seized by the Nazis in 1938.
Mr Templ has been an outspoken critic of Austria’s poor post-war record of returning art
and property confiscated from Viennese Jews during World War II.
A 2000 treaty between the U.S. and Austria pledged the return of Nazi-looted property to
owners and their heirs. Mr Templ was found guilty based on his failure to name his aunt in
his application for restitution.
“This is a case that cries out for justice. For an Austrian court to convict and sentence to jail
a Jewish citizen under these circumstances echoes back to a very dark period of history. The
importance of addressing institutional discrimination cannot be stressed enough.” Robert
Amsterdam said.
Amsterdam & Partners considers that the entire logic behind Mr Templ’s conviction to be
flawed. It is unclear how the Republic can lay claim to property that is acknowledged to
have once been stolen and has since given back to the heirs of the rightful owners.
In light of the multiple factual and legal errors in the prosecution of Mr Templ, he is
appealing to the Austrian Procurator General with a request to reopen his case and seeking
redress at the European Court for Human Rights.
Amsterdam & Partners is representing Mr Templ on a pro bono basis.
Media Enquiries:

Richard Elsen (richard@byfieldconsultancy.com)
James Kimer (james.kimer@ksocialmedia.com)

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