Case No. 72250/01
Judgment date: 13 July 2010

Lopata alleged he was beaten by police officers and forced into confessing to a murder in the absence of his lawyer. The district prosecutor refused to initiate criminal proceedings. During his murder trial Lopata’s lawyer argued that his confession was obtained under duress and in his lawyer’s absence. The trial and appeal courts, in dismissing Lopata’s applications, did not address the issue of legal representation during the confession.

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