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A bid by two republicans to overturn a landmark civil ruling that found them responsible for the Omagh bomb has been rejected by the European Court of Human Rights.
Convicted Real IRA chief Michael McKevitt and Co Louth man Liam Campbell were two of four republicans ordered to pay £1.6 million in damages to bereaved relatives who took the historic case.
The Real IRA outrage in the Co Tyrone market town in August 1998 killed 29 people, including a woman pregnant with twins, and injured 200 others.
The pair took their case to Europe, arguing that the civil trial in Belfast High Court had been unfair.
They said the judge should have applied a criminal rather than a .... Read More
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No Violation of Article 6 After Evidence Found in Unlawful Search Used Against Man, Strasbourg Rules
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled the article 6 right to a fair trial of a German man was not violated after he complained that evidence found coincidentally during an unlawful house search had been admitted in criminal proceedings against him.
The applicant, Hans-Otto Prade, is a German national who was born in 1955 and lives in Hamburg.
In September 2004, on request of the prosecutor’s office, the Munich District Court issued a search warrant in respect of Mr Prade’s home and the homes of three co-suspects on suspicion that they had committed “copyright piracy” by selling counterfeit goods such as watches and computer programmes. In December 2004 his flat was searched. The police did not find any of the items for which they were looking. Instead, by coincidence, they discovered a large amount of hashish, which was found to be enough for more than 2000 consumption units. Subsequently the criminal proceedings on suspicion of “copyright piracy” were discontinued, and new proceedings on suspicion of possession and trafficking of a substantial amount of drugs were opened against him. Read More