Judgment concerning Lithuania

Human Rights building

In the cases of UAB Ambercore DC and UAB Arcus Novus v. Lithuania and UAB Braitin v. Lithuania the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to a fair trial in either case.

Both cases concerned decisions refusing the applicant companies permission to proceed with planned business projects in Vilnius because they were a threat to national security as their shareholders had links either to the Russian secret services or to the Lukashenko regime in Belarus. The companies in the first case had wanted to build a data-storage facility, while the company in the second case had intended to acquire an investment company.

The Court found that the restrictions on the applicant companies’ rights had been counterbalanced by other procedural safeguards. They had been able to participate effectively in the administrative proceedings on their cases and have witnesses examined.

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