DECISIONS ON ADMISSIBILITY 605 18 HRCD [2007–2008] BARSOM and VARLI v. SWEDEN Right to a fair trial – inadmissible Article 6, Section 3(c) Refusal of legal aid to contest tax surcharge. On 4 January 2008 a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights declared inadmissible the application in the case of Barsom and Varli v. Sweden . Summary of the facts The applicants, Mr Afram Barsom and Mr Levent Varli, are Swedish nationals, who were born in 1962 and 1974 respectively and live in Södertälje. The applicants owned a restaurant. Their tax returns for 2002 and 2003 were re- vised on the basis of an audit carried out in respect of the restaurant. Consequently, tax surcharges were also imposed on them directly. The applicants appealed against that decision to the County Administrative Court and applied for legal aid on account of their poor financial situation and incomplete knowledge of the Swedish language and legal system. Since tax surcharges were considered to fall within the criminal sphere of Article 6, the applicants argued that they were entitled to free legal assistance. Complaints The applicants complained that their right to free legal assistance under Article 6, Section 3(c) of
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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