1 juin 2011

Impeachment of President Paksas of Lithuania after the victory in Strasbourg

On 06/01/2011 we won the case of impeached President Paksas of Lithuania before the ECtHR, where I had the honor to be a legal representative. Following the impeachment he had been disqualified from standing for elections for life, and the ECtHR found this to be disproportional.

The Lithuanian Government lawyers proposed to alter the lifelong sanction with 15 or 20 years prohibition.

It is remarkable that the United Nations Human Rights Committee found in case Dissanayake v Sri Lanka that 7 years ban to stand was unreasonable and disproportional. I don't see how to re-conciliate the Lithuanian vision with the case law of the UN HRC.

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