Muñoz v Spain, UN Human Rights Committee (2001) (excerpts)

Muñoz v Spain, UN Human Rights Committee Communication 1006/2001 (excerpts)

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7.1 The author claims that there were undue delays in his trial, since almost five years elapsed between the date of the incident and the hearing. The Committee notes that the circumstances of the case involved a flagrant offence, and that the evidence required little police investigation and, as the author points out, the low level of complexity of the proceedings did not justify the delay. The Committee recalls its constant jurisprudence that exceptional reasons must be shown to justify delays - in this case, five years - until trial. In the absence of any justification advanced by the State party for the delay, the Committee concludes that there has been a violation of article 14, paragraph 3 (c), of the Covenant.