Prestige captain says Spain violated human rights
24 November 2006, STRASBOURG — The captain of a tanker which sank causing one of Spain's worst environmental disasters says his human rights were violated.
24 November 2006
STRASBOURG — The captain of a tanker which sank causing one of Spain's worst environmental disasters says his human rights were violated.
European Court of Human Rights is investigating if the EUR 3 million surety demanded from Apostoulos Mangouras contravened his right to 'freedom and security'.
The court agreed the surety fixed after the captain's arrest, was "excessively high".
Strasbourg has asked the Spanish government to explain the high surety, the Spanish daily El Pais reported on Friday.
But it rejected 97 percent of the claims Mangouras has made.
The Greek tanker captain was detained after the Prestige tanker sank off Galicia in 2002, releasing over 60,000 tonnes of oil into the sea and causing a major environmental disaster.
Mangouras was held in custody until 2003.
A local judge justified the amount of bail by the captain's foreign nationality and the gravity of the crimes he was accused of.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news