Romania has lost the case against the Romanian citizen who accused the authorities of inhuman or degrading treatment and failure to provide appropriate medical assistance after being injured by two policemen who arrested him on suspicion of being in the act of stealing six bottles of mineral water, in 1997, according to APADOR-CH, Realitatea TV reports. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in the Olteanu versus Romania case against the Romanian state, finding that it had violated a person’s right of not being subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment.
The plaintiff told the Court that, in May 1997, he had been injured by two policemen who inflicted him a cranial trauma accompanied by many bruises. The Court found that article 3 of the European Convention had been infringed upon both in substance as the police agents maltreated the claimant, and from the point of view of the due process as there was no effective investigation into his allegations.
ECHR also found that article 3 of the Convention had been infringed upon as the Romanian authorities had not provided the claimant with appropriate medical assistance following the aggression.