Chamber judgment concerning Greece
In the case of Mamatas and Others v. Greece, the Court held that there had been no violation of the Convention.
The applicants are 6,320 Greek nationals who, as private individuals, hold Greek State bonds of amounts ranging from 10,000 to 1,510,000 euros.
The case concerned the forcible participation by the applicants in the effort to reduce the Greek public debt by exchanging their bonds for other debt instruments of lesser value.
Judgment concerning Bulgaria21/07/2016
In the case of Kulinski and Sabev v. Bulgaria, the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to free elections. It confirmed its finding in its earlier case-law that a general, automatic and indiscriminate restriction of the right to vote for prisoners was disproportionate to any legitimate aim pursued....
Chamber judgment concerning France12/07/2016
In the case of Reichman v. France (application no. 50147/11), the Court found several violations of the Convention. The applicant, who hosted a programme on Radio Courtoisie, had been convicted of defamation for talking about certain irregularities in the management of the radio station while on the air.
The Court ruled that the fact of imposing a criminal sentence on someone is one of the most serious types of interference with the right to freedom of expression, and once again called on the domestic authorities to show restraint in their recourse to criminal penalties.
Moreover, it held that the French courts had shown excessive formalism in rejecting the applicant’s special mandate to his lawyer to appeal on points of law, on the ground that it had been given before the Court of Appeal had delivered its judgment....
Judgment concerning Latvia12/07/2016
In the case of SIA AKKA/LAA v. Latvia (application no. 562/05), the Court found no violation of the Convention.
The Court held that the applicant association, which is responsible for managing copyright in respect of the musical works of a large number of Latvian and international authors, had failed to negotiate effectively with several broadcasting companies....
Judgment concerning Ukraine12/07/2016
In the case of Ruban v. Ukraine, the Court has found no violation of the Convention.
The applicant, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment, argued that the Ukrainian courts ought to have given him a lighter sentence owing to a legal vacuum....
The Court has declared the application in the case of Bulgarian Helsinki Committee v. Bulgaria to be inadmissible for lack of legal standing.
The applicant, an association specialising in human rights protection based in Sofia, lodged an application with the Court concerning the death in special homes of two adolescents with mental disabilities.
The Court specified that its decision should not be interpreted as disregard for civil society’s work to protect the rights of extremely vulnerable people....
Relinquishment of jurisdiction13/07/2016
The Chamber to which the case of Harkins v. the United Kingdom had been assigned has relinquished jurisdiction to the Grand Chamber. The applicant, who is wanted for murder in the United States, is subject to an extradition order in the United Kingdom.
He complains about his possible extradition to the US, where, he submits, a conviction for first-degree murder is subject to a mandatory life sentence, without any chance of early release....
Grand Chamber hearing concerning Bulgaria06/07/2016
The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Simeonovi v. Bulgaria.
The case concerns a lack of legal assistance during the first 3 days of custody of the applicant, a lifer, together with the conditions of detention and prison regime imposed on him....