Michael Polak wins ECHR ruling over “systemic failure” of Greek authorities to investigate rape claims

Michael Polak
Michael Polak February 15, 2024

Michael Polak recently secured a favourable verdict for his client at the European Court of Human Rights, successfully challenging Greek police and authorities over their failure to properly investigate rape claims.

Michael’s client, Ms X, alleged that she had been raped by a hotel bartender whilst on holiday in Greece. The Court found that the failure of authorities to adequately respond to the allegation of rape in this case had amounted to a violation of the State’s duties under Articles 3 (lack of effective investigation) and 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the Convention.

Discussing the case, Michael told the Press Association that this case represented a “systemic failure” by Greek authorities, with his client “subjected to medical procedures which were not properly explained to her” and “kept totally in the dark” about details of the investigation, which was later dropped.

“This is a truly important ruling for the rights of victims of sexual offences in Greece and throughout Europe. And our hope is that it will help other women avoid going through the same thing, given the popularity of Greece among holidaymakers from the UK,” he explained in a statement to The Guardian.

Michael’s comments were published in The Guardian, 14 February 2024, and The Independent, 13 February 2024.

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