Spanish father wins case against Slovakia at ECHR

SLOVAKIA has lost an international case concerning child abduction at the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR).

SLOVAKIA has lost an international case concerning child abduction at the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR).

Spanish national José Juan Guió succeeded with his complaint against the Slovak Republic in the dispute over his child, now four years old, whose mother, Zuzana Hartlová, is a Slovak national from the town of Martin in central Slovakia, the Sme daily reported.

Hartlová left Spain with her child in 2010 and has been facing abduction claims ever since.

In December 2011, Slovakia’s Constitutional Court ruled over the procedural protection of the child. Guio claims the court should not have ruled in his absence. The Constitutional Court neither invited Guio, nor informed him of the final verdict, Sme wrote.

For this, the Spanish national requested €167,000 in non-pecuniary damages. The ECHR ruled to reimburse him with €27,000.

"The court reproaches us for the procedure that it applies itself," Marica Pirošíková, Slovakia’s representative at the ECHR, told Sme. She claims that when the ECHR receives a complaint, it only announces it to the representatives of the country where the second party in the dispute originates.

The child continues to live with her mother in Slovakia. Hartlová sees her former partner’s complaint as a form of revenge for her leaving for Slovakia. She does not believe he cares much about his daughter, she told Sme.

The Constitutional Court declined to comment on the verdict, Sme reported.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information
presented in its Flash News postings.

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