ECHR: Whole life tariffs

Strasbourg judges have said they were “satisfied that the Justice Secretary’s power to release a whole life prisoner was sufficient to comply with Article 3” of the European Convention on Human Rights, which bars “inhuman and degrading” treatment. A ruling by the Court of Appeal, in London, last year “provided a whole life prisoner hope and the possibility of release in the event of circumstances in which the punishment was no longer justified”, the Strasbourg judges said.