Russia loses juvenile detention case in EU court

Nov. 14, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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STRASBOURG, France, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The European Court of Human Rights Thursday ruled against Russia in a case concerning the 30-day detention of a 12-year-old mentally challenged boy.

The court found "the boy had not received adequate medical care for his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and enuresis [urinary incontinence] at the detention center [and] his detention had not served an educational purpose and had not been justified by the need to prevent him from committing an offense."

Applicant Ivan Blokhin, now 21, was arrested in 2005 after a juvenile neighbor accused him of extortion. Police encouraged him to sign a confession statement but it was later retracted by his legal guardian. The court said authorities wouldn't charge Blokhin, as he was a minor, but he was later held at a juvenile detention center for 30 days to prevent him from further delinquent activity.

Russian challenges to educational detention, degrading treatment of a prisoner and the deprivation of liberty were dismissed.

"This was the first time the court examined the special procedures applicable in Russia to minors who had committed a delinquent act before reaching the statutory age of criminal responsibility," the court said Thursday.

The case was Blokhin v. Russia.

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