Article 6 – Par. 1

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A scientist was denied the title of forensic expert due to a ministerial decision decause of his posts on his personal blog. Violation of freedom of expression and fair trial due to lack of hearing.

JUDGMENT Cimperšek v. Slovenia 30.6.2020 (no.  58512/16) see here   SUMMARY The case concerned the rejection by the Minister of Justice of Mr Cimperšek’s application to become a court expert owing to a lack of the required personal qualities. The Minister referred to the contents of Mr Cimperšek’s blog and emails he had sent to complain […]

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The request for an examination of a witness must include why it is a) important to examine the witness and b) necessary to prove the truth.

JUDGMENT Zirnīte v. Latvia 11.06.2020 (no.  69019/11) see here   SUMMARY Request and right to examine witnesses. Conditions. Proper penalty for confiscation of assets. The applicant was charged with embezzlement and money laundering. She was acquitted in the first instance, but in an appeal filed by the Prosecutor, the Court of Appeal annulled the first instance […]

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Personal hearing of an applicant consists the basis of a fair trial. The Court does not justify the ban even regarding an individual who seduced a mentally retarded woman

JUDGMENT Evers v. Germany 28.05.2020 (no. 17895/14) see here SUMMARY Personal hearing of an applicant,  access to a case file, reason for a decision and a fair trial. The applicant was charged with sexual abuse of his ancestor, who was diagnosed with mental retardation. The domestic courts, following legal proceedings initiated by the commissioner, prohibited […]

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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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Commencement of the statute of limitations for civil claims for killings in a military operation due to their widespread disclosure to the media. Violation of the right of access to a court

JUDGMENT Vujnović v. Croatia  (no. 32349/16) see here  SUMMARY The case essentially concerned the civil proceedings for damages following the death of the applicant’s parents during a military operation by the Croatian army in 1993. The applicant’s claim was ultimately dismissed as statute-barred. The applicant argued that the Supreme Court had been inconsistent when deciding […]

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Expropriation. Attorneys have the right to file a direct action to seek redress and the attorney’s fees.

JUDGMENT Kandarakis v. Greece 11.06.2020 (no. 48345/12, 48348/12 and 67463/12) see here SUMMARY Payment of legal remuneration and court costs. Right of access. Lawyers’ rights. Rejection, for lack of active legal standing, of the lawyers claim who represented their clients in a case of expropriation. The lawyers demanded that the debtor company deposit the awarded […]

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Civil conviction for embezzlement against a former prime minister against whom the criminal proceedings had been suspended due to statute of limitations. Violation of presumption of innocence

JUDGMENT Farzaliyev v. Azerbaijan 28.05.2020 (no. 29620/07) see here SUMMARY The case concerned proceedings brought against the applicant, the former Prime Minister of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic in Azerbaijan (“the NAR”), for allegedly embezzling public funds. He was never convicted of an offence in criminal proceedings, but was subsequently ordered to pay compensation in civil […]

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A judge’s son’s employment link with a law firm raised objective doubts about the judge’s impartiality in a defamation case

JUDGMENT Koulias v. Cyprus 26.05.2020 (no. 48781/12) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that one of the Supreme Court judges in proceedings against him for defamation was not impartial as the judge’s son worked for the law firm whose founding partner represented the appellant in the case. The Court found in particular […]

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The non-disclosure of prosecutorial proposals and the procedure in the appellate court in the absence of the accused violated the fair trial.

JUDGMENT Romić and others v. Croatia 14.05.2020  (no. 22238/13, 30334/13, 38246/13, 57701/13, 62634/14, 52172/15 and 17642/15) see here   SUMMARY  Notification of prosecutorial proposals. Equality of arms and litigation. The applicants were charged with serious misconduct and attempted murder. They were irrevocably convicted. At the trial, they did not have access to the prosecutor’s proposals submitted […]

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The retroactive application of a law by which the owners receive within a time-frame of 10 years as compensation for expropriation 10% of the value of the property does not violate the ECHR! An alarming decision by the Court

JUDGMENT Beshiri v. Albania 07.05.2020 ( application no. 29026/06 and 11 other applications) see here   SUMMARY The applicants were real estate owners whose property were expropriated for reasons of public interest. For a long time they had not been compensated and although they had succeeded in issuing irrevocable decisions that gave justice to them,  they […]

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