Three murderers, including Jeremy Bamber, have right to review of sentence, but ECHR judgment doesn't make release imminent
Whole-life jail sentences without any prospect of release amount to
inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners, the European court of human rights has ruled.
landmark judgment will set the ECHR on a fresh collision course with
the UK government but does not mean that any of the applicants – the
convicted murderers Jeremy Bamber, Peter Moore and Douglas Vinter – are likely to be released soon.
its decision, the Strasbourg court said there had been a violation of
article 3 of the European convention on human rights, which prohibits
inhuman and degrading treatment.
The judgment said: "For a life
sentence to remain compatible with article 3 there had to be both a
possibility of release and a possibility of review."