Right to liberty and security: landmark judgment

Assanidzé v. Georgia (8 April 2004)

Tenguiz Assanidzé, mayor of Batumi and member of the Ajarian Supreme Council, was kept in detention for over three years after his acquittal by the Supreme Court of Georgia. The Court found that the applicant had undergone arbitrary detention contrary to Articles 5 (right to liberty and security) and 6 (right to a fair trial); for the first time, it asked a state to ensure the applicant’s speedy release.

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