Με εξαιρετικό ενδιαφέρον η απόφαση αυτή, παρά το γεγονός, ότι αφορά εγκληματικές πράξεις από το μακρινό 2009, είναι πιο επίκαιρη σήμερα.
Σημειώνουμε την κρίση για πρόσθετη υποχρέωση των διωκτικών αρχών για διερεύνηση ρατσιστικών κινήτρων των εγκλημάτων: ‘when investigating violent incidents, State authorities have the additional duty to take all reasonable steps to unmask any racist motive and to establish whether or not ethnic hatred or prejudice may have played a role in the events’ (Bekos and Koutropoulos v Greece, para 69).
By Eva Brems
In a recent case, the Court found a violation of article 3 ECHR on account of the defective investigation into a serious incident of racist violence that occurred in Athens in 2009. In addition, the detention conditions imposed upon the victim (sic!) also violated article 3. The judgment explicitly recognizes the structural character of the problem of racist violence in Athens and expects the Greek authorities to do the same. However, when it comes to structural solutions, an obvious one is overlooked.
Facts and context
The applicant is an Afghan man, living in Athens without a legal residence status. In the summer of 2009, he was attacked in the centre of Athens by a group of masked persons, who beat him up with wooden and iron bars and stabbed him repeatedly in the sternum. Another Afghan man who was present at the scene, alerted the police…
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