2013. május 15., szerda

The European Court of Human Rights Declares Hungary Guilty!

Hagyó Wins in Strasbourg! Just this morning the Second Section of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France delivered its decision on the case Hagyó vs Hungary. The court announced that it found the Hungarian judiciary guilty and thus in violation of all alleged charges. The official decision is here.

Hagyó, former Deputy Mayor of Budapest and Member of Parliament, lodged a complaint with the ECHR on September 6, 2010 regarding the circumstances of his pretrial detention.

The former MSZP politician, and main defendant in what has been dubbed the BKV trial, complained that he was denied access to the case file which allegedly contained evidence necessitating his detention. Moreover, Hagyó asserted that despite his deteriorating health his sentence was repeatedly protracted and visitation rights with his common-law wife were overly restricted.

The Buda Central District Court ordered Hagyó to be detained on May 17, 2010. He remained in the Budapest Penitentiary until February 23, 2011. At the advice of medical experts, Hagyó was released into house arrest after the Budapest Regional Court determined that the state of his poor and declining health lessened the danger of absconding.

This decision occurs amidst the frequent international scrutiny about the credibility of the Hungarian judicial system. The skeptics cite an intentional destruction of the checks and balances between major government institutions, initiated by a hastily affected constitution in January 2012.

Government supporters claim these accusations are false, and that many of Hungary’s critics have misunderstood the facts.

Does this decision further validate the international criticism on the Hungarian judicial system? Or, as is commonly heard from Fidesz representatives, is this more undeserved bullying from the major powers who wish to see the failure of Hungary? Only time will tell how this major verdict will affect the judicial process.

Source: http://thehagyocase.wordpress.com/

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