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  • Information Noteon the Courts case-law

    No. 167 October 2013

  • The Information Note, compiled by the Courts Case-Law Information and Publications Division, contains summaries of cases examined during the month in question which the Registry considers as being of particular interest. The summaries are not binding on the Court. In the provisional version the summaries are normally drafted in the language of the case concerned, whereas the final single-language version appears in English and French respectively. The Information Note may be downloaded at . A hard-copy subscription is available for 30 euros (EUR) or 45 United States dollars (USD) per year, including an index, by contacting the publications service via the on-line form at .

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    Table of conTenTs

    aRTIcle 2

    Positive obligations life

    Failure to safeguard life of drug addict who leapt to his death while trying to escape police custody: violation

    Keller v. Russia - 26824/04 ........................................................................................................... 9

    effective investigation

    Failure to effectively investigate civilian disappearances in Ingushetia: violationYandiyev and Others v. Russia - 34541/06, 43811/06 and 1578/07 ............................................... 9

    aRTIcle 3

    Positive obligations

    Authorities failure to ensure safety of prisoner at risk of violence from co-prisoners: violationD.F. v. Latvia - 11160/07 .......................................................................................................... 10

    Positive obligations Inhuman treatment

    Alleged failure adequately to account for fate of Polish prisoners executed by Soviet secret police at Katy in 1940: no violation

    Janowiec and Others v. Russia [GC] - 55508/07 and 29520/09 ................................................... 11

    Positive obligations expulsion

    Failure by Russian authorities to protect Tajik national in their custody from forced repatriation to Tajikistan despite risk of proscribed treatment: violation

    Nizomkhon Dzhurayev v. Russia - 31890/11 ............................................................................... 13

    Degrading treatment

    Heavy-handed nature of police operation to arrest politician at his home in the presence ofhis wife and minor children: violation

    Gutsanovi v. Bulgaria - 34529/10 ............................................................................................... 15

    aRTIcle 5

    article 5 1

    lawful arrest or detention

    Postponement of date of applicants release following change in case-law after she was sentenced: violation

    Del Ro Prada v. Spain [GC] - 42750/09 .................................................................................... 17

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    article 5 1 (e)

    Persons of unsound mind

    Order for psychiatric confinement made asaresult of finding of unfitness to plead: inadmissibleJuncal v. the United Kingdom (dec.) - 32357/09 .......................................................................... 17

    article 5 3

    brought promptly before judge or other officer

    Duration of police custody (3days 5hours and 30minutes): violationGutsanovi v. Bulgaria - 34529/10 ............................................................................................... 18

    article 5 4

    speediness of review

    Speediness of application for bail by person detained pending deportation: Article 5 4 not applicable; inadmissible

    Ismail v. the United Kingdom (dec.) - 48078/09 .......................................................................... 19

    aRTIcle 6

    article 6 1 (civil)

    civil rights and obligations

    Proceedings challenging a burgomasters decision to close a coffee shop for failure to comply with conditions attached to tolerance of sale of soft drugs: Article 6 1 not applicable

    De Bruin v. the Netherlands (dec.) - 9765/09 .............................................................................. 19

    access to court

    Mandatory 10% fine for unsuccessful challenge to forced sale at public auction: violationSace Elektrik Ticaret ve Sanayi A.. v. Turkey - 20577/05 ............................................................ 20

    article 6 1 (criminal)

    fair hearing

    Refusal to call defence witnesses to clarify an uncertain situation which constituted basis of charges: violation

    Kasparov and Others v. Russia - 21613/07 .................................................................................. 20

    Different decisions, without sufficient reasons, by two different courts as to admissibility of same piece of evidence: violation

    S.C. IMH Suceava S.R.L. v. Romania - 24935/04....................................................................... 20

    article 6 2

    Presumption of innocence

    Public accusation of murder made by chairman of independent political party in immediate aftermath of shooting: inadmissible

    Mulosmani v. Albania - 29864/03 .............................................................................................. 21

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    article 6 3 (c)

    Defence through legal assistance

    Lack of legal representation at initial stage ofinvestigation when applicant made a confession during interview as a witness: noviolation

    Bandaletov v. Ukraine - 23180/06 .............................................................................................. 22

    aRTIcle 7

    article 7 1

    Nulla poena sine lege

    Imposition of penalty in the form of confiscation order despite termination ofcriminal proceedings: violation

    Varvara v. Italy - 17475/09 ........................................................................................................ 23

    Nulla poena sine lege Heavier penalty Retroactivity

    Postponement of date of applicants release following change in case-law after she was sentenced: violation

    Del Ro Prada v. Spain [GC] - 42750/09 .................................................................................... 23

    aRTIcle 8

    Positive obligations Respect for private life

    Lack of clear legal guidelines regulating the prescription of drug to enable an individual not suffering from a terminal illness to commit suicide: case referred to the Grand Chamber

    Gross v. Switzerland - 67810/10 ................................................................................................. 26

    Respect for private life Respect for family life Respect for home

    Eviction of French travellers from private land where they had been living for many years: violationWinterstein and Others v. France - 27013/07 .............................................................................. 27

    aRTIcle 10

    freedom of expression

    Conviction for offering mark of respect to leader of terrorist organisation (without any propaganda or incitement to acts of violence or terror): violation

    Yalnkaya and Others v. Turkey - 25764/09 et al. ....................................................................... 28

    Imposition of suspended prison sentence on tele vision producer for divulging confidential infor-mation belonging to State broadcaster: violation

    Ricci v. Italy - 30210/06 ............................................................................................................. 29

    Award of damages against Internet news portal for offensive comments posted on its site by anonymous third parties: no violation

    Delfi AS v. Estonia - 64569/09 ................................................................................................... 30

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    freedom to impart information

    Lack of procedural safeguards when issuing injunction against national newspaper: violation

    Cumhuriyet Vakf and Others v. Turkey - 28255/07 ..................................................................... 31

    aRTIcle 11

    freedom of peaceful assembly

    Imposition of administrative fine for participating in an unauthorised yet peaceful demonstration: violation

    Kasparov and Others v. Russia - 21613/07 ..................................................................................

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