Grand Chamber hearing concerning Belgium


The Court held a Grand Chamber hearing in the case of Rooman v. Belgium.

The applicant, a Belgian and German national who understands and speaks only German, is currently detained in the Paifve social protection facility (EDS) in Belgium. Having been convicted of theft and sexual assault, he was placed in psychiatric detention in 2004 after committing further offences while in prison. The applicant complains of the lack of psychiatric care in the institution where he is detained.

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Webcast of the hearing

Country profile : Belgium


  • Judgment concerning Portugal


    In the case of Fernandes Pedroso v. Portugal, the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to liberty and security.

    The case concerned a criminal investigation into a paedophile ring, and in particular the pre-trial detention of the applicant, a former Socialist Party MP who had been suspected of having had sexual relations with minors accommodated by the Casa Pia institution.

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  • Section president

    Section president

    The Court elected Vincent A. De Gaetano (Malta) Section President.

    He has been elected for a two-year term and will take up his duties on 1 September 2018.

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