Evidence of innocence

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The refusal to cancel a police officer’s dismissal following an irrevocable acquittal, violates the presumption of innocence

JUDGMENT  Seven v. Turkey 23.01.2018 (no.  60392/08) see here SUMMARY  Dismissal of policeman after rape and abuse of power. Criminal courts have irrevocably acquitted him of the charges. Refusal of the Administrative Courts to cancel the dismissal following the irrevocable acquittal decision. Infringement of the presumption of innocence (Article 6 § 2). PROVISION  Article 6 […]

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Early disciplinary punishment before the criminal justice judgement cancels the presumption of innocence

JUDGMENT Kemal Coşkun v. Turkey 28-03-2017 (no. 45028/07) see here  SUMMARY Presumption of innocence. Early disciplinary decision. The applicant denounced his dismissal by the police and the relative legal proceedings, which he alleged were unfair. During the disciplinary proceedings, the Supreme Disciplinary Board found that the applicant had committed the offenses of rape, assault, and […]

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The presumption of innocence and fair trial through media coverage

JUDGMENT Paulikas v. Lithuania (application no. 57435/09) see here SUMMARY Fair trial and presumption of innocence. Extensive event coverage by the media before the trial of the case. The case concerned the criminal trial and conviction of Mr Paulikas, in relation to a car accident in which his vehicle had killed three ten-year-old children. Mr […]

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Sentences imposed by the administrative courts in spite of acquittals in criminal proceedings: violations of the Convention

JUDGMENT: Kapetanios and others v. Greece 30.04.2015 (nos. 3453/12, 42941/12, 9028/13) see here   SUMMARY: The case concerned the imposition of administrative fines on individuals accused of contraband who had been acquitted of a criminal offence. The Court found in particular that the fact of ordering the three applicants to pay administrative fines, even though they […]

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The validity of the presumption of innocence following a Strasbourg decision.

JUDGMENT: Dicle and Sadak v. Turkey 16.06.2015 (no. 48621/07) see here SUMMARY: The continuation of the conviction in the criminal record despite the commencement of the repeat procedure constitutes a breach of the presumption of innocence. This case concerned the consequences of the reopening of proceedings in the national courts of criminal jurisdiction following the […]

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