Preventive Detention in German Law

JBL - Washington. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg backed preventive detention under German law in a decision published January 7, 2016 in Bergmann vs. Germany, application no. 23279/14. The justices ruled that national authorities may retrospectively extend the preventive detention of a dangerous offender like Mr. Bergmann.

In 2014, Bergmann alleged that the retrospective extension of his preventive detention beyond the former statutory ten-year maximum term violated his right to liberty under Article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the prohibition on retroactive punishment under Article 7 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Bergmann had been convicted of several offenses, including sexual assault, attempted rape and attempted murder. He was sentenced to several years of prison ...Zum vollständigen Artikel


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