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H. Däubler-Gmelin and C. Pourgourides: blatant disregard yet again, by Italy, of binding interim measures ordered by the ECHR

Strasbourg, 06.08.2009 - "It is totally unacceptable to ignore binding interim measures ordered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). It is disgraceful, for a mature democracy like Italy, to have send Ali Toumi back to Tunisia last Sunday, a case in which there exists an imminent risk of irreparable damage to the applicant”, today said Herta Däubler-Gmelin (Germany, SOC) and Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), respectively the Chair of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Legal Affairs Committee and the rapporteur on the implementation of Strasbourg Court judgments.
“Such action is in blatant contravention of the Strasbourg Court's clearly established case-law. This is the fourth case in which, since 2005, the Italian authorities have taken measures in flagrant disregard of the Court's orders", they added.
"This intolerable behaviour must be condemned by the Council of Europe without delay. Our Legal Affairs Committee will need to be seized of this matter", they concluded.