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Europe's Anti-torture unit visits Basque prisoner in hunger strike
The visit took place on Jan. 14 or 15. The representatives of the Council of Europe's Anti-torture Committee met with Iñaki de Juana Chaos, the doctors' team, judicial authorities and the director of the jail Madrid VI.
A delegation of the Council of Europe's Anti-torture Committee travelled last week to Spain to examine the treatment the Basque prisoner in hunger strike Iñaki de Juana Chaos is receiving, as the European group reported in a statement.
The visit took place on January 14 or 15 and aimed at examining the treatment and care De Juana Chaos is receiving, as the Committee was informed the prisoner was being force-fed.
According to the statement, the delegation met with De Juana and the members of the doctors' team treating him at Madrid's hospital Doce de Octubre, as well as the competent judicial authorities and the director of the detention centre Madrid VI, where De Juana Chaos was serving his sentence.
The two representatives of the Committee who travelled to Spain were the Italian vice president of the group, Mauro Palma, and the Swiss doctor Jean-Pierre Restellini. They also met representatives of the Association of Spanish Doctors and several lawyers linked to the case.
Likewise, they also met with the secretary general of the Interior Ministry, Maria Angeles Gonzalez Garcia, and the general director of Penitentiary Institutions, Mercedes Gallizo.
Usually, a report follows such visits of the Committee within two weeks and one month, and before unveiling it, the Government involved receives a copy of the report, in this case the Spanish Government.
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