ECHR Grand Chamber to consider Vinter (whole life tariff and Art 3) in November
The case of Vinter and Others v UK has been referred to the ECHR Grand Chamber and a hearing will take place in November 2012. The cases concern the applicantsâ complaint that their imprisonment for life amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment as they had no hope of release.
The applicants, Douglas Gary Vinter, Jeremy Neville Bamber and Peter Howard Moore, are British nationals who were born in 1969, 1961 and 1946 respectively. All three men are currently serving mandatory sentences of life imprisonment for murder with whole life tariffs.
In its judgment of 17 January 2012, the ECHR held, by four votes to three, that there had been no violation of Article 3 of the Convention.
The case (covering all three joined applications) was referred to the Grand Chamber at the request of Mr Vinter, one of the applicants. A Grand Chamber hearing on the case will take place at the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg, on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 9.15 a.m.