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Parliamentary questions
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9 October 2013
Question for written answer E-011543-13
to the Commission
Rule 117
Auke Zijlstra (NI)

 Subject:  Millions paid out to murderers, rapists, paedophiles and terrorists
 Answer in writing 

The Times reports(1) that Britain has lost 202 European human rights cases involving criminals since 1998, resulting in millions of pounds being paid out in compensation. Judges in Strasbourg have paid out GBP 4.4 million to recipients including murderers, rapists, paedophiles and terrorists. These rulings have caused a tremendous outcry in the UK.

1. What is the Commission’s opinion concerning the rulings of the ECHR judges resulting in millions of euros being paid out to murderers, rapists, paedophiles and terrorists because of infringements of their human rights that are in no way comparable to the crimes that were committed?

2. Does it regard the paying of these sums to villains as a way of improving EU citizens’ trust in the European judicial system?

3. What is the Commission’s opinion regarding the way that European human rights are currently included in penal cases?

4. Does it think that this trend in ECHR decision-making contributes to the common European fight against particularly serious crime, such as terrorism, trafficking in human beings and sexual exploitation of women and children?

5. How does the Commission propose to keep (gain) the public’s trust in the judicial system and in safeguarding human rights?

6. Does it have a list of the countries affected by this kind of ruling by the ECHR judges?

7. Is the Netherlands on this list? If so, how many cases in the Netherlands have there been and what amount was paid out?


 OJ C 216, 09/07/2014
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