France sanctioned for suspect detention, bugging

1st June 2005, Comments 0 comments

STRASBOURG, France, May 30 - The European Court of Human Rights issued two judgments against France Tuesday for unduly long pre-trial detention and for the illegal bugging of a murder suspect.

STRASBOURG, France, May 30 - The European Court of Human Rights issued two judgments against France Tuesday for unduly long pre-trial detention and for the illegal bugging of a murder suspect.  

The court found in favour of  Eric Dumont-Maliverg, a French national held for more than four years in pre-trial detention until he was sentenced to 16 years in jail in September, 2001 for the rape and sexual assault of 15-year-old minors.  

The human rights court said French judicial authorities had not properly considered alternatives to detention, and had therefore violated the plaintiff's right to liberty and security.   

It said its ruling was just satisfaction for the complaint, and made no award for damages.  

The court also found on a technicality that French authorities had violated the right to privacy of Christophe Vetter, who was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on the basis of evidence collected by a bugging device in an apartment he visited.  

The justices said French law did not define clearly enough the mandate of authorities to use listening devices, or the rules for their use.

 

© AFP

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