Yorgen Fenech and a number of prisoners in Division 17, at the Corradino Correctional Facility, have begun a hunger strike.
A spokesperson for the defence of the alleged mastermind behind the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia confirmed that Yorgen Fenech and a number of prisoners at the same division have gone on hunger strike because of the bad conditions in prison, namely the heat, lack of sanitary facilities, lack of medical attention and a lack of ventilation, among other issues.
Yorgen Fenech’s legal team told TVM that it is not true that their client began this strike because he did want two black men to be with him in his cell, as has been reported elsewhere.
In a statement, the Agency for Correctional Services confirmed that three Maltese prisoners have started a hunger strike, and the specific reason given to prison officers is that they don’t want new prisoners of foreign nationality in the same division.
The Agency added that the Maltese prisoners’ health situation is being followed by prison doctors, and it has been explained that the privileges system enjoyed by prisoners in this division is the same as for all other prisoners, and the privileges are granted or withdrawn according to the prisoners’ behaviour and actions, in the interests of prison discipline.