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Human rights judges endorse UK courts’ dismissal of royal wedding preventive detention complaints

Human rights judges have rejected ‘preventive detention’ complaints by eight people locked up by United Kingdom police ahead of a 2011  royal wedding.

In its decision in the case of Eiseman-Renyard v. the United Kingdom (application nos. 57884/17, 57918/17, 58019/17, 58326/17, 58333/17, 58343/17, 58377/17, and 58462/17) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the applications inadmissible.

 The decision is final.

The case concerned the applicants’ complaint about their arrest and detention for several hours on 29 April 2011 at various places in central London to prevent a breach of the peace during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding.

Their appeals before the domestic courts were ultimately dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2017.

Agreeing with the UK courts’ review and analyses of the applicants’ cases, the European court found that the courts had struck a fair balance between the applicants’ right to liberty and preventing them from disturbing the public order and causing danger to the public.

It moreover pointed out that their analyses had proved to be well-founded, and had informed a 2018 Grand Chamber judgment of the European Court, S., V. and A. v. Denmark (no. 35553/12).

In that judgment the Grand Chamber had found it necessary to clarify and adapt the case-law, agreeing with the conclusion of the UK Supreme Court that preventive detention could be compatible with Article 5 in certain circumstances.

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