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The European Court of Human Rights ruled today against Poland

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today against Poland

News Poland
This is from Radio Polonia:
"The Strasbourg-based court found in favor of 11 relatives of crew members killed in the disaster and ordered Poland to pay a fine of 50, 600 euros..."

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The story on the first court ruling in 1999, the so-called final verdict. From the 1999 story: "The sinking of the Jan Heweliusz on Jan. 15, 1993 was the biggest tragedy in the history of the Polish civil passenger fleet."

The families of the sailors that perished in "Heweliusz" disaster have been entitled to compensations, not for the deaths of their loved ones, but for the impartiality of the polish court that ruled against them getting any compensations in the first place. However, the Court of Human Rights ruling does not erase the verdict of the polish Supreme Court - just states it unfair. That may be correct from the "technical" point of view, but is it fair?

How come it was possible to assemble a court featuring people reccomended by the same ministry that was a side in the case - without a reaction from the authorities, AND the public?

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