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Soering v. the United Kingdom, No. 14038/88, ECtHR (Plenary), 7 July 1989


Extradition. Use of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment in the country of destination. Violation of art. 3 ECHR.

Normative references

Art. 3 ECHR


The United States commenced extradition proceedings against the applicant, who was arrested in the United Kingdom in connection with cheque fraud. The ECtHR ruled that the extradition of the applicant to the United States breaches art. 3 ECHR, since he was to be detained on death row in Virginia for an expected six to eight years.