Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the former prisoner in a wheelchair: “Even the director with the truncheon.” But she denies: “I was absent”

Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the former prisoner in a wheelchair: “Even the director with the truncheon.” But she denies: “I was absent”
Santa Maria Capua Vetere, the former prisoner in a wheelchair: “Even the director with the truncheon.” But she denies: “I was absent”

New details emerge on the violence in the prison of Santa Maria Capua Vetere, where on April 6 there was violence against 292 inmates in protests for fears of the spread of Covid in the “Francesco Uccello” prison. According to the reconstruction of a disabled ex-prisoner, residing in the “Nile” sector of the structure during the abuses, the director of the prison Elisabetta Palmieri also “had a truncheon”. In the afternoon of today, July 1, however, his denial arrived: “I was absent for three months for health reasons,” she told reporters. Palmieri also tried to contextualize the abuses, arguing that “in the days before the detainees in revolt had taken over some sections. However, the procedural process is at the beginning – he added -, there was the accusation, now there is the defense ». Following the publication of the images of the closed circuit cameras of the prison, circulated by the newspaper Tomorrow, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, on the orders of the investigating judge of Santa Maria Caputa Vetere, ordered the execution 52 precautionary custody against as many prison police officers who would be involved in the beatings. Their suspension also came yesterday.

The testimony of the disabled ex-prisoner

“I can’t think about it, I’m going to the asylum. In my opinion they were drug addicts, they were all with batons, even the director ”, says Vincenzo Cacace, who was imprisoned in the facility on 6 April. A few days before the slaughter, the man, now free, was on the list indicated by the health management of the structure of prisoners who could have spent part of the sentence in house arrest. But Cacace did not come out early, despite the solicitation of the Guarantor of the detainees of the Campania Region Samuele Ciambriello, and was the victim of the beatings. “I was the first to be pulled out of the cell along with my attendant because I’m in a wheelchair,” he explains. “They slaughtered us, they killed a boy. They abused an inmate with a truncheon. They destroyed me: mentally they killed me », says Cacace. «They wanted to make us lose our dignity, but we kept it because they are the criminals who want to command in prison. We have to pay, that’s right, but we don’t have to pay with our lives: I want to denounce them for moral damages ”, he concludes.

Cover image: ANSA / CESARE ABBATE

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