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Grand Chamber Panel Referral Result (Our view from the bottom up)

It’s looking like curtains for the Naked Rambler Stephen Gough as the European Court of Human Rights drops its press release today on Tuesday March 23 from the ECHR Grand Chamber:

"At its last meeting (Monday 23 March 2015), the Grand Chamber panel of five judges decided to reject requests pending before it to refer twelve cases to the Grand Chamber. Judgements in the following cases are now final.

See pdf file here for list (Gough v the United Kingdom is 6th),

That closes the final chapter on Stephen Gough's Scottish adventure but we believe a new chapter could be about to begin with the ECHR and complaints against the English authorities. Because of the separate laws in Scotland and England, the Naked Rambler couldn't lump all his arguments together in one basket case and so he is now free to begin again anew.

At its meeting (Monday 23 March 2015), a panel of five judges examined the

following 12 Grand Chamber referral requests*

The decisions of the panel was made public on Tuesday 24 March 2015 via a press release, which

is available on the Court’s Internet site (www.echr.coe.int).

Requests for referral submitted by the applicants

Manushaqe Puto and Others v. Albania (applications nos. 604/07, 43628/07, 46684/07 and

34770/09), judgment (revision) of 4 November 2014

Senchishak v. Finland (no. 5049/12), judgment of 18 November 2014

Bibi v. Greece (no. 15643/10), judgment of 13 November 2014

Şevket Kürüm and Others v. Turkey (no. 54113/08), judgment of 25 November 2014

Zalaveskiy v. Ukraine (no. 3466/09), judgment of 16 October 2014

Gough v. the United Kingdom (no. 49327/11), judgment of 28 October 2014

Requests for referral submitted by the Government

Panju v. Belgium (no. 18393/09), judgment of 28 October 2014

Pákozdi v. Hungary (no. 51269/07), judgment of 25 November 2014

Melo Tadeu v. Portugal (no. 27785/10), judgment of 23 October 2014

Mamazhonov v. Russia (no. 17239/13), judgment of 23 October 2014

Suldin v. Russia (no. 20077/04), judgment of 16 October 2014

Sociedad Anónima del Ucieza v. Spain (no. 38963/08), judgment of 4 November 2014

This press release is a document produced by the Registry. It does not bind the Court. Decisions,

judgments and further information about the Court can be found on www.echr.coe.int. To receive

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Press contacts

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* Under Article 43 of the European Convention on Human Rights, within three months from the date of a Chamber judgment, any party to

the case may, in exceptional cases, request that the case be referred to the 17-member Grand Chamber of the Court. In that event, a panel of five judges considers whether the case raises a serious question affecting the interpretation or application of the Convention or its protocols, or a serious issue of general importance, in which case the Grand Chamber will deliver a final judgment. If no such question or issue arises, the panel will reject the request, at which point the judgment becomes final. Otherwise Chamber judgments become final on the expiry of the three-month period or earlier if the parties declare that they do not intend to make a request to refer.

The European Court of Human Rights was set up in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe Member States in 1959 to deal with alleged violations of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights.

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