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European Court Of Human Rights: Hungary’s Real Life Sentence “Inhuman And Humiliating”

Tamás Székely 2016.10.05.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has again ruled against Hungary concerning the real life sentences of two Hungarian inmates. The institution of the real life sentence, which carries a minimum of 40 years in prison, qualifies as inhuman and humiliating treatment, the court ruled.

The inmates turned to the court over regulations enacted by Hungary in 2015 in response to a previous European court ruling in their favour, arguing that the new law also failed to ensure a genuine prospect of release from prison in their lifetimes. The court said too much time elapses before the first opportunity for a sentence review under current Hungarian law, far longer than the maximum of 25 years recommended by the court in a previous ruling.

Strict criteria for clemency decisions made by a committee do not apply to the president, who has the last word on every plea, the court said, adding that the president also has no deadline to make such decisions and no obligation to justify them either.

via hungarymatters.hu and echr.coe.int