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Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Cartabia: “A betrayal of the Constitution”
The intervention of the Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia after the images and videos of the violence carried out by the agents of the Penitentiary Police on the inmates of the Campanian prison of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, it is peremptory. Taken from the closed circuit cameras of the prison and ended up in the prosecutor’s investigation, the frames refer to the afternoon of April 6, 2020, one day after the inmates protest for fears of the spread of Covid in the prison. For the Keeper of the Seals it was “an offense and an outrage to the dignity of the person of the detainees and also to that uniform that every woman and every man of the Penitentiary Police must carry with honor, for the difficult, fundamental and delicate task they are called upon to carry out “. Without prejudice to further investigations by the judicial and all the guarantees for the suspects, Cartabia spoke of “a betrayal of the Constitution: theart.27 explicitly recalls the ‘sense of humanity, which must characterize every moment of life in every penitentiary institution’.
All personnel involved in the investigation have been suspended by the Ministry of Justice. For the 52 suspects between executives and agents the suspension was activated as soon as the judicial authority sent the precautionary custody order of the investigating judge of the Court of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. In addition, the Department for Penitentiary Administration, the Dap, has started the process for further measures also against other suspects who, at the moment, have not been the recipients of precautionary measures. The Dap has also ordered an extraordinary inspection in the Casertano institute, an inspection that will take place as soon as the authorization is issued by the judicial authority.
In the morning, Cartabia urgently called an extraordinary meeting in the dicastery to talk about the case, summoning the head of the Dap, Bernardo Petralia, the National Guarantor of persons deprived of liberty, Mauro Palma, and the Undersecretary of Justice Francesco Paolo Sisto. Everyone said “bewildered from the images spread ”expressing“ the strongest condemnation for the violence and humiliations inflicted on the detainees, who can find neither justification nor excuse ”.
But Cartabia intends to go to the bottom both on the responsibilities at all levels of the Caserta prison and in the other institutions of the country, urging a ‘broader report’ also on the other prisons. In particular, he “urged a meeting with all 11 regional supervisors of the Prison Administration, which the DAP is already organizing, and a similar meeting with all the trade union representatives of the Prison Administration staff, both of the Prison Police Corps and of the other professional figures, already set for July 7 by Undersecretary Sisto.
During the meeting, everyone also reiterated “the need to proceed promptly with the restoration of the entire video surveillance network active in the institutes. For Cartabia it is absolutely necessary to” take action to understand and remove the causes and why “things like this do not happen again. I asked for a complete report on each information passage and on the entire chain of responsibility ”.
Pd: Cartabia report to Parliament on the beatings of prisoners
The Pd meanwhile, he asked the Minister of Justice to report to Parliament on the affair of Santa Maria Capua Vetere. Piero De Luca, deputy chairman of the Dem Group in the House said: “We are deeply outraged by the news that is emerging on the violence perpetrated by prison police officers against prison inmates – they are unacceptable and shameful in a civilized country. detected in the Chamber by my colleague Fiano, the PD Group asks that Minister Cartabia report to Parliament on what happened “.