Protester tries to set self on fire at Euro rights court

2nd April 2009, Comments 0 comments

The man of German nationality but Romanian origin was protesting the court’s failure to hear his case against Germany.

Strasbourg -- A man tried to set fire to himself outside the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg Wednesday in protest at the court's failure to-date to hear his claim against Germany.

After dousing himself in flammable liquid, the man of German nationality but Romanian origin, was overpowered by elite police preparing for a NATO conference and backed by a specialist negotiator and fire-fighters, said an AFP journalist at the scene.

The man had been pursuing his case with the court registrar, with a court spokesman, Roderick Lidell, saying a first complaint filed in 2007 had been turned down while a second, filed in 2008, was still under examination.

He was quickly showered with water before his fuel-drenched clothes were removed in private.

Twenty-eight heads of state and government, including US President Barack Obama, are due in Strasbourg and the nearby German city of Kehl for a two-day NATO conference beginning Friday.


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