Defending Felons' Human Rights European Court Ruling Forces Release of Rapists and Murderers

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that German laws on preventive detention of dangerous criminals is a violation of their human rights. Now Germany will be forced to release almost 200 felons, including convicted rapists and multiple murderers. The first repeat offender has already been released.
In the village of Heinsberg-Randerath, citizens threatened to take the law into their own hands in protest against a sex offender who had been released despite having been classified as a danger to society (March 2009 photo). A new ruling by the European Court of Human Rights will mean that Germany is forced to release violent criminals currently being held in preventive detention.

In the village of Heinsberg-Randerath, citizens threatened to take the law into their own hands in protest against a sex offender who had been released despite having been classified as a danger to society (March 2009 photo). A new ruling by the European Court of Human Rights will mean that Germany is forced to release violent criminals currently being held in preventive detention.

Foto: Rolf Vennenbernd/ picture-alliance/ dpa
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan