Daniel Holmes to file human rights case against Malta

Nearly nine years after Daniel Holmes was arrested in his Gozo apartment following a cannabis find, his tumultuous and infamous battle with the Maltese courts is set for another round as the Welshman is now expected to file a case against Malta in the European Court of Human Rights.

The case, which is currently in the process of being filed by Holmes’s defence counsel, will, amongst others, attack Malta’s “archaic and unconstitutional” drug laws, the Attorney General’s discretion, the disparity in sentencing, as well as the court’s lengthy proceedings.

Speaking to MaltaToday, Holmes’s defence counsel, lawyers Franco Debono and Michela Spiteri, explained that the case will call on the Strasbourg court to rule that Holmes’s rights to fair trial and effective remedy had been breached by the Maltese courts.

Daniel Alexander Holmes, 36, of Newport, Wales, is currently serving a ten-and-a-half-year sentence for cannabis cultivation – a judgment that triggered protests at...

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