171 12 hrcd [ 2001 ] MEHDI ZANA v. TURKEY Right to fair trial – violation Article 6, Section 1 Applicant’s fears as to the court’s lack of independence and impartiality could be regarded as objectively justified when he was tried by a bench which included a regular army officer. In a judgment delivered on 6 March 2001 in the case of Mehdi Zana v. Turkey , the European Court of Human Rights held unanimously that there had been a violation of Article 6 , Section 1 (right to fair trial) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Under Article 41 (just satisfaction) of the Convention, the Court considered that the finding was sufficient compensation for any non-pecuniary damage. This judgment is not final. Pursuant to Article 43 , Section 1 of the Convention, within three months from the date of the judgment of a Chamber, any party to the case may, in exceptional cases, request that the case be referred to the Grand Chamber. 1. Principal facts The case concerns an application brought by Mr Mehdi Zana, a Turkish national. The applicant was convicted by the Istanbul State Security Court of an offense under the Prevention of
Human Rights Case Digest – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2001
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