ECtHR: Greece breached procedural rights of asylum-seeker by failing to sufficiently review lawfulness of detention
Today, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) handed down its judgment in E.K. v. Greece (application no. 73700/13), unanimously finding that, in respect of a person who had entered Greece illegally, Greek authorities did not breach the prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment, or the rights to liberty and security, but that they did violate the right to a speedy decision on the lawfulness of detention.
The applicant before the ECtHR, Mr E.K., is a Turkish national who in 2013 entered Greece illegally. He was arrested by police officers from the Soufli border post and brought before the prosecutor at the Alexandroupolis Criminal Court, which imposed a two-year suspended prison sentence. While placed in pre-tri