Human Rights Court awards damages to Nazi bookseller

Barcelona businessman had sought 125,000 euros in compensation over unfair trial

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Spain to pay 13,000 euros in damages and legal costs to a Barcelona bookseller jailed for disseminating genocidal propaganda.

Pedro Varela, a Nazi sympathizer and owner of the Europa bookstore in the Catalan capital, had been seeking compensation of 125,000 euros for the seven-month prison sentence imposed on him by Barcelona Provincial High Court in 2010. The court of first instance had also considered him guilty of incitement to racial hatred and handed down a five-year sentence, but the higher court later exempted him of that charge and reduced the jail term.

The Strasbourg-based court agreed with Varela's allegation that the sentence violated Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which establishes a defendant's rights to a fair trial within reasonable time and to be informed of the crimes of which they are accused so they can prepare an adequate defense.

Missing charge

Varela, who has received sentences for similar crimes in the past, pointed out during the appeal that he was jailed for spreading ideas or doctrines justifying genocide when that crime did not figure in the lawsuit for which he was prosecuted in the court of first instance.

Varela also alleged that other articles of the convention had also been violated in his case, including Articles 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) and 10 (freedom of expression), but the court did not even consider those two allegations.

Y ADEMÁS...

Para poder comentar debes estar registrado en Eskup y haber iniciado sesión

Darse de alta ¿Por qué darse de alta?

Otras noticias

Últimas noticias

Ver todo el día

El científico que burló a la Stasi

El bioquímico germanooriental Gunter Fischer relata cómo publicó en la revista 'Nature' su descubrimiento sobre el plegamiento de proteínas a escondidas de la prohibición vigente entonces en su país

La excelencia de Marc Gasol abruma a los Celtics

Memphis continúa líder tras ganar a Boston (117-100) con 32 puntos de Marc, que iguala la mejor marca de su carrera

Michel Lafon, autor de Pierre Menard

Dedicó gran parte de su vida a leer y enseñar literatura argentina

Semana fatal para Cuauhtémoc, Santos y Bill Cosby

Corresponsales internacionales y analistas ponen la calificación en Washington

LATIN AMERICA

Mexicans say “enough is enough” at huge protest rally

Tens of thousands from all walks of life call for changes to prevent a repeat of Iguala missing students case

Venezuela’s Maduro creates major anti-corruption body

The president’s new organization will have the power to investigate and sanction corrupt individuals

Colombia and FARC negotiate hostage release to unblock stalled peace talks

Army general and four others due for imminent release, say guarantors

Mexico’s First Lady to sell her controversial luxury home

Former soap star Angélica Rivera defends President Peña Nieto’s “integrity” and denies any conflict of interest

Lo más visto en...

» Top 50

Webs de PRISA

cerrar ventana