The three officials of the Villena prison (Alicante) who gave a brutal beating to an inmate with mental illness will be filed by Penitentiary Institutions, as announced by the Secretary General, Ángel Luis Ortiz, during the concentration of support for the deputy director of the attacked center on the eve of his statement for these events in the framework of an internal investigation. The attack, with mafia overtones and unprecedented since the time of ETA’s campaigns against prison officials, has caused such a stir in the prison world that this Thursday rallies in support of the official were held at the entrance of almost all prisons Spanish.
Accompanied by Araceli Poblador, sub-delegate of the Government in Alicante, Ortiz has expressed his support for the deputy director of security of the Villena prison and the director of the center, Feliciano Crelgo. The general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions has affirmed that he will make every effort to clarify what happened, both in the case of the attack on the deputy director and the beating of an inmate of the center whose images could have motivated the threats received by the prison. responsible for Security.
The head of prisons has confirmed that the three officials remain on leave and that the prisoner was part of the Comprehensive Care Program for the Mentally Ill (PAIEM). The inmate has been transferred to a penitentiary in the Community of Madrid and has been offered to testify in the internal investigation of the events.
Currently, in parallel to the Penitentiary Institutions file, there are two proceedings open in the Villena courts, one for the incident inside the prison and the other for the attack on the security officer of the center, which Ortiz has defined as one ” upright professional “who” is very clear about what the performance of a public official should be. The woman, despite the threats and the assault suffered at the door of her home, came on time to give a statement.
“We trust in a just sentence and at the same time forceful,” said the general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions. The subdelegate of the Government has indicated that the State Security Forces and Bodies “are from minute one trying to clarify the facts” and the identity of “the people involved.”
Ortiz has also announced the upcoming opening of a disciplinary file for the beating of the three officials to the inmate with a mental illness (up to 55 blows in just over two minutes, in addition to hitting and kicking). The association of prison officials ‘Your abandonment can kill me’ denounced the events, which occurred on August 16 in the Alicante II prison in Villena, launching a version that has been revealed to be completely false. Thus, the group (which shares a law firm in Alicante with the Jupol National Police union), assured that the prisoner, whose origin was Maghreb, sent the three officials to the hospital.
The investigation of the events, both internal and in the courts, has shown that it was the officials who brutally beat the inmate, as shown by the video from the video surveillance cameras. The images were guarded, following the official protocol, by the deputy director of Security, who suffered the attack on the eve of her statement in the framework of the internal investigation of Penitentiary Institutions. The woman had already received threatening messages on her mobile phone, which was also stolen from her in prison.
Asked about the supposed role of ‘Your abandonment can kill me’ in this episode, Ortiz has assured that “at this moment it is risky to draw conclusions” in the absence of “detailed information” on the identity of the official’s attackers.
The general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions has valued the “dedication and professionalism of the vast majority of prison workers” and has affirmed that “they should not pay just for sinners.” “For that same reason, any irregular behavior will have a an answer as just as it is forceful ”, he added.
The Ombudsman detected incomplete parts of injuries
The prison, as recognized by the central government, only had five of the seven positions for doctors covered. The Ombudsman, in a surprise visit by technicians from the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture prior to the attack this summer, detected that “practically no official” of the prison was correctly identified.
In the Alicante II jail, with 845 cells, “often the copy of the injury reports or other medico-legal documents issued is not included in the medical record” or the assistance provided, according to the conclusions of the visit. The parties describe the injuries in “little detail” and, “frequently”, the sections corresponding to time and place are not filled in, nor are the inmate’s statements regarding the origin of the damage suffered.
The general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions has assured that the inmate victim of the aggression was examined by the medical services, although he has not clarified whether it was in the Alicante II penitentiary or in Madrid. The Villena prison, as reported by elDiario.es, does not have a psychiatrist or a plan for acute patients. A report prepared by the Observatory for Human Rights, Mental Health and Prison, coordinated by the director of the Àmbit association, Javier Vilalta, highlights the unfortunate care given to inmates with psychiatric pathologies in prisons, despite the fact that 40% of inmates have this type of problem.
Despite the poor psychiatric care, a generalized drama in Spanish prisons, in Villena “is more stable since the inmates are permanent,” acknowledges the report, which also numbers 36 inmates of the penitentiary attached to the Program of Comprehensive Care for the Mentally Ill.