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Grigory Pasko before the ECHR

Le%20Monde%20page%2018%20dat%C3%A9%2014%20novembre%202007%20Grigory%20Pasko.jpgThis one comes from Bellona about our Russian correspondent, Grigory Pasko.

Pasko case to raise complex issues of law and fact in European Human Rights Court By Charles Digges The European Human Rights Court has found in favour of hearing a complaint filed by Grigory Pasko, a Russian naval journalist who was jailed in 2001 and later freed on parole, and whose reporting shed a dark light on the careless radioactive waste handling practices of Russia’s nuclear Pacific Fleet. The European Human Rights Court has found the core issues of the complaint filed by Pasko against Russia to be admissible for a hearing on their merits. The hearing is expected to take place in the third quarter of 2009. The Court held in its unanimous decision to accept Pasko’s application that his trial in Russia “raises complex issues of law and fact” under Articles 7 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court will therefore examine whether or not the conviction of Pasko for treason through espionage for having intended to transfer state secrets to Japan was a violation of the basic legal principles, and the result of an ill-founded persecution occasioned by his lawful activities as a journalist.

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