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Italy: Further allegations of ill-treatment in Secondigliano Prison (Naples)

, Index number: EUR 30/003/1994

Judicial investigations have been opened into the allegations of ill-treatment at Secondigliano Prison. In April 1994 it was reported that 108 Secondigliano prison guards were under judicial investigation. In February 1994 it was reported that five prison guards and their commandant had been committed for trial on various charges. There is concern, however, that in an open appeal published in the press on 8 February 1994, Secondigliano inmates have made further allegations of ill-treatment. In their appeal they express concern about a fellow-prisoner, Giacomo De Simone, whom they stated had been held in isolation and had been repeatedly beaten by prison guards.

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