ECJ: Double conviction for Greece

ECJ: Double conviction for Greece

Athens, December 12, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

With its decision the Court of Human Rights, on Thursday, condemned Greece for the violation of Article on Human Rights Convention, under which prohibits inhuman and degrading treatment.

The sentence refers to the case of an Iraqi, who was arrested when he arrived in Greece, on November 13, 2010, was held at the border stations of Soufli, Feres and Alexandroupolis for six months and was then released, without the asylum petition he had submitted be accepted by the authorities.

In his appeal, the Iraqi argued that his appeal, against the Administrative Court for rejecting his asylum application, is still pending in since April 25, 2011, in addition to being held for six months without a trial and was released two days before the deadline expired with a temporary residence permit and was forced to live homeless, in poverty and misery.

The Court has vindicated him, condemning Greece for inhuman and degrading treatment and was ordered to pay EUR 6,500 in compensation for moral damage.

In another decision, the Court of Human Rights convicted Greece for violation of the right to liberty and security, and inhuman and degrading treatment in the case of the Iraqi Hussein Mohamed, who when arrested for illegal entry, on November 15, 2010 in Soufli was just seven years old.

After the verification of his actual date of birth, since the officer of Frontex had claimed incorrectly that he was born in 1990, was transferred to the juvenile detention center in Soufli and was given 30 days to leave Greece and go to Germany where, according to Mohamed’s claims, one of his brother awaited him.

Considering his appeal, the Court convicted Greece for violation of the right to liberty and security, violation of the right to an effective appeal and to inhuman and degrading treatment, forcing it to pay Hussein Mohammad EUR 8,500 as compensation for non-pecuniary damage.