[ ] HONECKER v. GERMANY AXEN, TEUBNER and JOSSIFOV v. GERMANY Protection of property – inadmissible Protocol No. 1, Article 1 Confiscation of assets acquired by dignitaries of GDR through abuse of power On November a Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights unani- mously declared inadmissible the applications in the cases of Honecker v. Germany and Axen, Teubner and Jossifov v. Germany . Summary of the facts The first applicant is the widow of Erich Honecker, the former president of the State Council of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), who died in . The three other applicants are the widow and daughters of Hermann Axen, a member of the Politbüro of the Central Committee of the GDR’s Socialist Unity Party ( SED ), who died in . Between the fall of the Berlin wall on November and German reunifica- tion, which became effective on October , Mr Honecker and Mr Axen had requested the conversion into Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) Deutschmarks (DEM) of credits in GDR marks appearing in their bank accounts. The origin of those amounts was ordinary income. In July
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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