Raimondo v Italy: ECHR 22 Feb 1994

The applicant was arrested and placed under house arrest on charges relating to his association with the Mafia. As an interim measure some of his property was seized. The proceedings ended in his acquittal. He claimed that the seizure of his property was a violation of his rights under A1P1.
Held: His complaint was dismissed.The procedure was ‘not comparable to a criminal sanction because it was designed to prevent the commission of offences.’ It followed that the proceedings concerning the supervision did not involve the determination of a criminal charge, and article 6 did not apply. The seizure, as a provisional measure intended to ensure that property which appeared to be the fruit of unlawful activities carried out to the detriment of the community could subsequently be confiscated if necessary, was justified by the general interest. In view of the extremely dangerous economic power of an organisation like the Mafia, it could not be said that taking the step of seizing the property at an early stage of the proceedings was disproportionate to the aim pursued. There was an additional complaint that the property was not only seized but confiscated. However, the confiscation order was rescindable and had in fact been rescinded. In practical terms it entailed no additional restriction to the seizure, and therefore the respondent state was held not to have overstepped the margin of appreciation available to it.


[1994] ECHR 3, 12954/87, (1994) 18 EHRR 237


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