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Dolores Utrilla
26th October 2021
Human Rights Justice & Litigation

ECtHR: disciplinary proceedings and dismissal of former judge Ruslan Donev in Bulgaria were in line with right to a fair trial

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has handed down its judgment in Donev v. Bulgaria (application no. 72437/11), unanimously finding that the disciplinary proceedings carried out against former judge Ruslan Donev and his dismissal from his duties as a judge and as a President of a court did not breach the right to a fair trial under Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The case stems from the disciplinary proceedings brought against the applicant by the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) in 2008, following complaints about him and the publication of an article in the national press accusing him of issuing an authority to execute under suspicious circumstances in a case of embezzlement from


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