Accused wins €6,000 compensation long overdue case
Joseph Lebrun was handed out a €6,000 compensation by the First Hall of the Civil Court in its jurisdiction as a Constitutional Court after his case took more than six years to indict him.
Lebrun was accused over drug trafficking and claimed breach of human rights after 55 sessions which practically were heard for nothing, while only seven witnesses were heard.
Mr. Justice Anthony Ellul also decided that Lebrun has to be compensated the sum of €10 daily until the Attorney General decides to hand out the charges against Lebrun.
The accused had filed an application calling on the court to terminate the proceedings against him more than six years ago and no new evidence has been filed since then.
He said this was a breach of his human rights, which state that a man should be given a fair trial within a reasonable time. The court agreed and said that there should be no excuse on the part of the prosecution for such a length of time.
The application was signed by lawyers Franco Debono and Veronique Dalli.