Piper v United Kingdom (App. No. 44547/10)

Human rights – Right to fair trial. The applicant complained that the length of the proceedings between his arrest for attempted importation of cocaine and the refusal of leave to appeal against a confiscation order had been incompatible with art 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The European Court of Human Rights held that the delays attributable to the state authorities totalled three years in that 11-year period, in violation of art 6(1) of the Convention. However, financial compensation was refused, as finding a violation had constituted adequate just satisfaction and the court had no power to dismiss the confiscation order.

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