European Court of Human Rights - case of John Murray v. the United Kingdom (1) (1996) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of John Murray v. the United Kingdom (1) (1996) (excerpts)

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63. National laws may attach consequences to the attitude of

an accused at the initial stages of police interrogation which

are decisive for the prospects of the defence in any subsequent

criminal proceedings. In such circumstances Article 6 (art. 6)

will normally require that the accused be allowed to benefit from

the assistance of a lawyer already at the initial stages of

police interrogation. However, this right, which is not

explicitly set out in the Convention, may be subject to

restrictions for good cause. The question, in each case, is

whether the restriction, in the light of the entirety of the

proceedings, has deprived the accused of a fair hearing.