Case Siemaszko and Olszyński v. Poland

Importance Nature Application Number Case language State Date (dd/mm/yyyy)
3 Judgement 60975/08 and 35410/09 English Poland 13/09/2016

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Siemaszko and Olszyński v. Poland - 60975/08 and 35410/09

Article 1 of Protocol no. 1

Obligation imposed on the applicants to place sums from their prison earnings into a deposit account which rate was below the market rate: violation


Facts

The case concerned the obligation imposed on the applicants, when they were imprisoned, to place sums from their prison earnings into a deposit account with an interest rate of 0.1% in order to constitute a kitty that would be available to them on their final release.

The Court then stated that the case raised a question of principle regarding the right for imprisoned people to enjoy their possessions (§85). In this regard, the Court noted that the applicants were compelled to place sums into a deposit account which rate was below the market rate: the applicant therefore suffered a material prejudice. The Court added that given the length of their sentences and the lack of work opportunities in prison, this material prejudice may have had a significant impact on their personal life (§§87-88).

The Court concluded that there had been a violation of Article 1 of Protocol no. 1 to the Convention.