Criminal

Secret recording and video recording without a legal warrant for employee bribery. Violation of privacy. The fair trial was not infringed as the conviction was based on other evidence

JUDGMENT Hambardzumyan v. Armenia 05.12.2019 (no.  43478/11) see here SUMMARY The case concerned the applicant’s complaint that the police had not had a valid court warrant to place her under secret surveillance during a criminal investigation. The Court found in particular that the warrant had not been specific enough about the person who was the […]

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A citizen who was tried by military courts for a criminal offense because his co-defendant was then serving in the military did not receive a fair trial. Reflection on the independence and impartiality of military courts.

JUDGMENT Mustafa v. Bugaria 28.11.2019(no. 1230/17) see here SUMMARY Jurisdiction of military courts and the right of a citizen to a fair trial. A non-military individual was arrested and convicted by military courts of a common criminal offense because one of the other defendants in the case served in the military at the time the […]

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Unjustified continuation and duration of detention (21 months), credibility of witness with motivation for personal gain, conviction of peaceful anti-government protest organizers. The Court finds multiple ECHR violations and condemns!

JUDGMENT Razvozzhayev v. Russia and Ukraine and Udaltsov v. Russia 19.11.2019 (no. 75734/12, 2695/15, 55325/15) see here  SUMMARY The case  concerned the conviction of two men for organising “mass disorder” for their part in May 2012 opposition protests and resultant disturbances in central Moscow, an incident which has been at the centre of several earlier […]

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Lack of fair satisfaction due to excessive length of criminal proceedings violated the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time.

JUDGMENT  Papargyriou v. Greece 21.11.2019 (no.  55846/15) see here SUMMARY Failure to grant just satisfaction under Greek law for the excessive length of the criminal proceedings before the investigating authorities. In particular, the Court found that the procedure, which lasted more than 10 years and nine months at the pre-trial level, was too long, in […]

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The conviction of the accused based on a witness deposition who testified against him because he had a personal benefit of impunity in his own case and the lack of access to the file violated the principles of fair trial.

JUDGMENT Adamčo v. Slovakia 12.11.2019  (no. 45084/14) see here  SUMMARY Reliability of witnesses, access to the case file and fair trial. The applicant was first acquitted of the charge of complicity in homicide. An appeal was filed by the Prosecutor who converted the charge from a mere accomplice to a perpetrator and was convicted by a […]

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The conversion of a criminal charge that had been decriminalized to another with a more severe sentence and the failure to provide sufficient time to prepare the defense violated the fair trial.

JUDGMENT Gelenidze v. Georgia 07.11.2019 (no.  72916/10) see here  SUMMARY  Lenient law and unauthorized conversion of a charge. The applicant judge was convicted of intentionally miscalculating the sentence of imprisonment. Although convicted at first instance, her act under more lenient law was decriminalized. Before the Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor applied for the conversion of […]

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Dismissal and disclosure of civil servants because of their membership in a communist party violated the right to privacy

JUDGMENT Polyakh and others v. Ukraine 17.10.2019 (no. 58812/15, 53217/16, 59099/16, 23231/18, and 47749/18).  see here  SUMMARY The Court first held that the first three applicants’ right to a fair trial had been violated because proceedings on their dismissal had lasted more than four and a half years and were still ongoing. As for the Article 8 […]

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Withdrawal of a gun licence of a person with a criminal record does not violate the ECHR

JUDGMENT Ilinca v. Romania 24.10.2019 (no. 50882/15) see here SUMMARY Withdrawal of a permit authorising the possession of firearms. Relying on Article 6 (right to a fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights, Mr Ilinca submitted that the domestic courts’ decisions had lacked sufficient reasoning and had been based on secret information to which […]

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Spanish supermarket cashiers covertly filmed by security cameras did not suffer a violation of their privacy rights.The measure was proportionate because of a reasonable suspicion of theft.

JUDGMENT López Ribalda and others v. Spain 17.10.2019 (no. 1874/13 and 8567/13) (GRAND CHAMBER) see here  SUMMARY The case concerned the covert video-surveillance of employees which led to their dismissal. The Court found in particular that the Spanish courts had carefully balanced the rights of the applicants – supermarket employees suspected of theft – and […]

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