Daniel Holmes preparing case against Malta
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Daniel Holmes preparing case against Malta

Daniel Holmes was sentenced to jail and fined €23,000 in November 2011. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Daniel Holmes was sentenced to jail and fined €23,000 in November 2011. Photo: Mark Zammit Cordina

Imprisoned Welshman Daniel Holmes is in the process of filing a case against Malta in the European Court of Human Rights, attacking not only the lengthy proceedings but also what he believes is an excessive punishment.

Mr Holmes is currently serving 10-and-a-half years in prison after cultivating cannabis. He recently had a €7,000 compensation award revoked after a Constitutional Court found that his rights were not breached by trial delays.

The court found that, even though the case took longer than “was strictly necessary”, the delay could not be deemed a breach of Mr Holmes’s right to a trial within a reasonable time.

Now that all the local avenues have been exhausted, his lawyers Franco Debono and Michela Spiteri are in the process of taking the matter to the ECHR. They are claiming that their client’s grievances were not properly addressed by the Maltese courts.

Read more in The Sunday Times of Malta.

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