SUBSTANCE Fair trial /right to have one’s cause heard – article 7 Undue delay in hearing claim for damages In Zongo the victims’ next of kin submitted a claim for damages on 6 January 1999 but the claim was only heard in May 2006. ’Diligence would certainly have required that they be heard at the early stages of the investigation regardless of outcome’ (Beneficiaries of late Norbert Zongo, Abdoulaye Nikiema alias Ablasse, Ernest Zongo and Blaise Ilboudo & The Burkinabe human and peoples’ rights movement v Burkina Faso, application 013/2011, judgment, 28 March 2014, para 154).

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