By Isha Sesay • 10 February 2020 • 22:06
AN investigation has been launched after three inmates at the Perogordo Prison in Spain’s Segovia died in mysterious circumstances within 24-hours.
As reported by sources close to the Ministry of Interior, the lifeless body of a 25-year-old Moroccan national was found in his cell at 1pm on Sunday, February 9.
The following morning, prison guards discovered two cellmates, a 25-year-old Romanian and a 38-year-old Peruvian, dead in their cells, with no evidence of the deceased suffering any mental health problems previously. The main hypothesis of authorities at the prison is that one had killed the other before committing suicide.
In response, Fermín Pinto, the spokesman for CSIF Prisons in Segovia, said that in his opinion, the three deaths were due to “multifactorial” reasons. He also denounced the deficiencies in the prison system which “seriously affect the quality of life of all inmates and also of workers.”
On January 1, another ‘unnatural death’ was recorded in the same correctional institution. According to CSIF, the jail is heavily understaffed and under-resourced, needing at least 50 more cells, 6 educational workers, a psychologist, 2 doctors, a nurse and an assistant.
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