European Court of Human Rights - case of Albert and Le Compte v. Belgium (1983) (excerpts)

European Court of Human Rights - case of Albert and Le Compte v. Belgium (1983) (excerpts)

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41. Under paragraph 3 of Article 6 (art. 6-3), the applicant asserted

that he had not been informed in detail of the accusations against

him, that he had not had adequate time for the preparation of his

defence and that he had not had the benefit of the right to obtain the

attendance and examination of witnesses on his behalf. These

allegations are unfounded. The letter written to Dr. Albert by the

President of the Provincial Council and inviting him to appear before

the Bureau of the Council specified the nature and cause of the

complaints made against him by the Ordre (see paragraph 9 above). In

addition, the applicant had more than fifteen days in which to prepare

his defence. A time-limit of this length, which is provided for under

section 25 of the Royal Decree of 6 February 1970, appears in itself

to be reasonable, especially in view of the lack of complexity of the

case. Finally, there is nothing in the evidence to suggest that

Dr. Albert endeavoured to obtain the attendance and examination of

witnesses on his behalf and was met with a refusal.