EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 10 February 2015 – Dimitrova v. Bulgaria (application no. 15452/07)

von Dr. Georg Neureither

The applicant, Petya Dimitrova, is a Bulgarian national who was born in 1967 and lives in Sofia. The case concerns measures taken by the police against Ms Dimitrova on account of her activities in a religious organisation, and the civil proceedings for damages she brought as a consequence.

Ms Dimitrova was a member of an international religious organisation, Word of Life, whose previous status as a non-profit organisation in Bulgaria was revoked in 1994. Following a complaint that the organisation had a negative psychological influence on its followers, the prosecuting authorities ordered the restriction of the right of members to assemble and promote their belief. After that decision, members organised meetings in private homes, including Ms Dimitrova’s flat. In September 1995 the police questioned her, then searched her flat and seized a number of items, including audio tapes, notebooks and books with religious content ...

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