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Austrian officer jailed for abuse of office in Natascha Kampusch probe

Published on Aug 19, 2014 12:15 AM

VIENNA (AFP) - An Austrian police officer who conducted an illegal probe into the case of kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch was found guilty of abuse of office on Monday and sentenced to 10 months in prison.

The unnamed officer was sentenced after he tried to obtain a girl's DNA - without a court order - from an elementary school in Vienna to prove she was Kampusch's daughter.

The Vienna court found that he overstepped his rights during his investigation, which he carried out in 2011 and 2012.

Kampusch was kidnapped off a Vienna street in 1998 aged 10 and kept in a basement until she re-emerged in 2006, in a case that made headlines around the world.

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