Russian courtroom cages violate rights of criminal defendants - ECHR
MOSCOW, July 17 (RAPSI) – The Grand Chamber of The European Court for Human Rights has upheld the decision ruling that keeping accused in metal bar cages during the trial was degrading, according to the statement released on Thursday.
In 2008, two Russian convicts filed an application in which they noted that during the trial they were placed in a cage made out of welded metal bars, installed in the local courthouse. The applicants also contested the ungrounded extension of their trials. In the application they sought to consider their rights under article 3 (prohibition of torture and degrading treatment) and part of article 6 (the right to a fair trial) of the European convention violated.
The responding party (Russia) claimed that keeping the applicants secured in the courthouse what a routine safety measure, and was not devised to harm them in any way.
ECHR reviewed the application and in 2012 ruled that the applicants’ rights were violated, granting them a 15,000 EUR compensation. The Russian authorities filed a motion to review the case within the Grand Chamber, which confirmed the ruling and granted the convicts a 10,000 EUR compensation each, with 6,000 EUR for litigation fees.
In 2011, ECHR issued a similar ruling in the case of former YUKOS head Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who recently pardoned under the presidential amnesty.