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Prisoner awarded compensation from European Court because of poor prison conditions

A former police officer, Jean Pierre Abdilla, who is serving a 16-year-jail sentence on drug-related charges, was awarded €5,000 in moral compensation by the European Court for Human Rights because of the poor prison conditions.

Abdilla was sentenced to jail in 2009 and was placed in a a cell in Division One, a building which is 200 years old and which has no air or light. In 2011, the former police officer was placed in a cell near the prison ovens, which was a source of excessive heat.

Three years later, he was placed in an even smaller cell with little ventilation. Six years after he was sentenced to prison, Abdilla filed a case with the European Court. After it took note of his complaints, and the submissions of the Maltese Government, the Court ruled that Abdilla’s rights under the Convention of Human Rights, had been breached.

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