ECtHR rules that life imprisonment with possibility of parole after 40 years breach human rights
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has delivered its Chamber ruling in Bancsók and László Magyar v. Hungary (no. 2) (applications nos. 52374/15 and 53364/15), ruling that life imprisonment with a possibility of release on parole after 40 years amounts in practice to a whole life sentence and that this breaches the prohibition of inhuman and degrading punishment under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
The applicants are two Hungarian nationals who were sentenced to life imprisonment for murder. The first applicant’s conviction included a possibility of for release on parole once he had served 40 years in prison, something that was not foreseen for the second applicant until his conviction was revi