1) As to the objection raised by the Respondent State to the filing of the application within a reasonable time Under Article 56 of the Charter and Rule 40 (6) of the Rules of Court, it is clearly stated that applications must be submitted within a reasonable time from the exhaustion of domestic remedies or from the date fixed by the Court as the date on which the time-limit for its own seizure begins to run. In the instant case, the first case, the Court has set the date for the exhaustion 29 May 2009. of domestic as regards remedies as As to the assessment of the reasonable time limit, the Court found that the period of four (4) years, nine (9) months and twenty-three (23) days that had elapsed since the Respondent State's filing of the declaration under Article 34(6) of the Protocol on 29 March 2010 and the date of referral to the Court of the Application dated 19 January 2015 was reasonable, as the Applicant was imprisoned with the likelihood of being unaware of the very existence of the Court. The Applicant had not benefited from legal assistance during the appeal proceedings before the domestic courts! and was awaiting the outcome of his second appeal pending before the High Court until 19 March 2017, by which time he had already brought his case before the Court. In this regard, the Court noted that "between 2011 and 2013 he had not remained inactive and, pending the examination of his case, had sent several reminders to the various judicial authorities ...".* (Paragraph 70 of the judgment). In light of Rule 40(6) of the Rules of Court, it is clearly stated that applications must be "filed within a reasonable time from the date local remedies are exhausted or from the date set by the Court as being the commencement which it shall be seized with the matter". of the time-limit within It therefore follows that there are two (2) options as to how to define the starting point of the reasonable time. These are, e Either from the date of exhaustion by the Court, for 29 May 2009, of domestic remedies, set, in this case, the date of the judgment of the Court of Appeal which also took into consideration the date of the Declaration made by the Respondent State on 29 March 2010, which gave rise to a time-limit of four (4) years, nine (9) months and twenty-three (23) days on the date of the filing of the application on 19 January 2015. 1_ § 69 of the Judgement 2_ § 70 of the Judgement

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