7th P – Article 2


The inability to examine in the second instance the imposition of a disproportionate customs fine, which was characterized like a criminal sanction, violated the ECHR

JUDGMENT Saquetti Iglesias v. Spain 30.06.2020 (app. no. 50514/13) see here  SUMMARY Undeclared transfer of 150,000 euros. Customs control and imposition of a huge fine, equal to the amount transferred. Criminal nature of the fine. Right to dual degree of jurisdiction in criminal matters. Impossibility of examination in a second instance jurisdiction, a heavy customs […]

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Ex officio appointment of lawyers and non-acceptance of their appointment. The lawyers were sentenced to a fine in absentia for contempt of the Court. No infringement of the ECHR.

JUDGMENT  Gestur Jónsson and Ragnar Halldór Hall v. Iceland 30.10.2018 (no.  68273/14 and 68271/14) see here PROVISIONS Article 6 Article  7 Article 2 of Protocol n. 7 SUMMARY The case concerned the imposition of fines on the applicants after they resigned as defence counsel in a criminal case. The Court found in particular that the […]

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Can the delay in the trial of a prisoner’s appeal lead to a higher penalty due to a conditional early release?

JUDGMENT  Fırat v. Greece 9.11.2017 (no. 46005/11) see here  SUMMARY  The case concerned criminal proceedings relating to the conviction of a migrant smuggler who complained, firstly, of the length of the criminal proceedings before the Court of Appeal and the lack of a remedy by which to assert that complaint, and secondly, of having served […]

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The deprivation of an accused of the appeal violates the ECHR

JUDGMENT Rostovtsev v. Ukraine 25-07-2017 (no. 2728/16) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that he was not allowed to appeal against the conviction with regard to possession of drugs. Based on Article 2 of the 7th Protocol (right to double jurisdiction in criminal matters), Mr Rostovtsev complained that he had been deprived […]

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