Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Strasbourg Court Rules Ex-Yukos Security Head Trial Unfair

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that there were procedural violations in the trial of former Yukos security chief Alexei Pichugin, who was sentenced to life in prison on murder charges in Russia. The panel of judges also awarded him 6,500 Euros (about $8,400) in compensation for moral damage and 3,000 Euros ($3,900) for costs and expenses. The court unanimously ruled that the criminal proceedings against Pichugin were unfair. It also upheld complaints about the unlawfulness and excessive length of Pichugin’s detention, the violation of his right to a speedy judicial decision over the legality of his detention and the lack of a public hearing.


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