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Europe appeal over prisoner vote

PUBLISHED April 27, 2005

A government appeal against a European ruling that prisoners have the right to vote is due to be heard.

It comes after John Hirst, 53, won a challenge at the European Court of Human Rights that current rules denying prisoners a vote breached their rights.
Hirst, who is serving a life sentence for manslaughter, argued the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteed the "right to free election".