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In today's Chamber judgment in the case of Kamo Piruzyan v. Armenia, the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights; and, five violations of Article 5 1,3,4 (right to liberty and security) of the Convention.
According to the web-site of ECHR, the case concerned several complaints about criminal proceedings brought against the applicant in October 2006 for armed assault; the charges against him were ultimately dropped in December 2007 due to lack of evidence and he was released.
The Court found in particular that he should not have been placed in a metal cage during the hearings at his trial, and also stressed, among other things, that automatic refusal to release on bail was incompatible with the Convention requirements.
The Court held that Armenia was to pay Piruzyan 8,000 euros (EUR) in respect of non-pecuniary damage and EUR 18 for costs and expenses.
In another judgment the Court held that Armenia was to pay 4,500 euros to Vardan Malkhasyan.