Supreme Court of Karelia Finds Blogger’s Enforced Hospitalization in a Psychiatric Clinic for Criticizing Orthodox Church Unlawful

posted 2 Jul 2012, 07:57 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 2 Jul 2012, 07:58 ]
Source: (info), 28/06/12 

· Freedom of expression  · Freedom of conscience  · The Courts  · Karelia 

On 28 June the criminal division of the Supreme Court of Karelia reviewed the cassation appeal by lawyers acting for Maksim Efimov, head of the Karelia branch of the Youth Human Rights Group, against the ruling of the Petrozavodsk city court that Efimov, author of a blog entitled ‘Karelia is tired of priests’, be placed in a psychiatric hospital for a psychiatric examination. The decision of the court of first instance was quashed. The case has been sent back for a new consideration. At the same time the chair of the court explained that the decision by the Petrozavodsk city court was not in accordance with the law, and was without grounds. This was reported from the courtroom by Ramil Akhmetgaliev, a lawyer acting for Maksim Efimov from the Agora Human Rights Association. [Read more]