Article 5

Arrest and detention of a person accused of sexual assault after being identified by the victims. Subsequent acquittal. Non-violation of ECHR due to reasonable suspicion

JUDGMENT Bilal Akyıldız v. Turkey 15.09.2020 (app. no. 36897/07) see here SUMMARY Arrest and temporary detention of an applicant on suspicion of having committed a series of sexual assaults and attempted abductions of children. The applicant resembled the person depicted in a photograph of the alleged perpetrator, but was acquitted after the victims’ statements made […]

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Illegal pre-trial detention when linked to a prisoner’s political ideology violates his/her freedom of expression

JUDGMENT Ragıp Zarakolu v. Turkey 15.09.2020 (app. no. 15064/12) see here  SUMMARY Illegal detention and right to freedom of expression. The ECtHR ruled that when pre-trial detention is not legal, it should not consider whether interfering with freedom of expression has a legitimate purpose and is necessary in a democratic society. Illegal pre-trial detention linked […]

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The public prosecutor’s statement of guilt violated the presumption of innocence. Prohibition of communication of a detainee with relatives. Violation of privacy

JUDGMENT Mirgadirov v. Azerbaijan and Turkey 17.09.2020  (app. no.  62775/14) see here  SUMMARY Judicial review of the legality of temporary detention, presumption of innocence and the right to respect for the privacy of a detainee. The applicant, a political journalist and political analyst, was arrested and detained on his way back to his country of […]

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Formulation of guilt of the accused in a decision for temporary detention and before trial in substance. Violation of the presumption of innocence

JUDGMENT Grubnyk v. Ukraine 17.09.2020 (app.no. 58444/15) see here   SUMMARY Presumption of innocence. Temporary detention of a suspect, the right to liberty and security of a dangerous criminal as opposed to the public’s right to protection from violent attacks. The applicant was arrested for his involvement in a terrorist attack. The charge was amended to […]

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Detention of a foreign asylum seeker based on an annulled court decision. Violation of the right to liberty and security and lack of redress

JUDGMENT Muhammad Saqawat v. Belgium 30.06.2020 (app. no.  54962/18) see here  SUMMARY Asylum applications from a foreigner. Detention  for deportation. Right to liberty and security and the possibility of redress. The applicant, a Bangladeshi national, was detained in a Belgian detention center while his repeated applications for asylum were being processed due to his possible […]

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Torture by police officers that led to the death of a prisoner and a faulty investigation. Violation of the right to life and the prohibition of torture

JUDGMENT Satybalova and others v. Russia 30.06.2020 (app. no. 79947/12) see here   SUMMARY Torture by police. Involvement of serious bodily injuries and death of a victim. Right to life. Prohibition of torture. Right to freedom and security. The applicant’s relative, for refusing to obey police orders, was forcibly dragged to the police station, illegally […]

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Prohibition of request for release from prison for two months violated the right to personal liberty and security

JUDGMENT Dimo Dimov and others v. Bulgaria  07.07.2020 ( no. 30044/10) see here   SUMMARY Legality of pre-trial detention, reason for the decision and right of actual appeal. The applicants were arrested and remanded in custody on charges of extortion. They made many requests for release which were rejected without justification and were released only when […]

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Prosecution statements for violation of activists’ offenses before trial. Use of the toilet from a detainee in the presence of a male police officer! Violation of the presumption of innocence and privacy

JUDGMENT Yunusova and  Yunusov v. Azerbaijan  16.07.202  (no. 2) (app. no. 68817/14) see here SUMMARY Defenders of Human Rights and heaps of violations against them. Protection from the Court. The applicants are activists, members of NGOs that aim to promote dialogue between civil society. They had been summoned as witnesses in a third-party trial and […]

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Necessity to exhaust internal remedies. States cannot be prosecuted in international courts for acts they did not have the opportunity to resolve in their own judicial systems

JUDGMENT Kaman v, Turkey  04.06.2020 (no. 29798/18) see here SUMMARY The case concerns the applicant’s custody on remand from 29 December 2017 until 25 October 2019, in the aftermath of the attempted coup d’état in July 2016. The Court reiterated that the rule on the exhaustion of domestic remedies was an indispensable part of the […]

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