Rights court rejects German conductor's privacy claim

4th December 2009, Comments 0 comments

The European Court of Human Rights dismissed Volker Hartung's claims that officers infringed his right to a private life when they searched his dressing room after a concert in Strasbourg in 2005.

Strasbourg -- A leading German conductor arrested by French police over allegedly breaking labour laws did not suffer a breach of his human rights, judges in Strasbourg ruled on Wednesday.

The European Court of Human Rights dismissed Volker Hartung's claims that officers infringed his right to a private life when they searched his dressing room after a concert in Strasbourg on February 22, 2005.

Police checked his papers and held Hartung in custody before charging him with employing clandestine workers.

Hartung, the chief conductor of the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, received a three month suspended jail term and 10,000 euros (15,000 dollars) fin, but that sentence was quashed on appeal.

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