February 27, 2021

Vox complaint to the Ombudsman that Prisons "criminalizes" officials with the last order of service

The secretary general of the Parliamentary Group VOX, Macarena Olona, ​​has registered a complaint with the Ombudsman to demand respect for the fundamental rights of prison officers to understand that the order of services issued by the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions , on July 1, criminalizes officials.

Olona, ​​who has described this order as "arbitrary and illegal", explains that with this action of Penitentiary Institutions it is endowed with a presumption of truthfulness to the "simple word" of inmates who denounce torture, thus producing an "ignominious" violation of our procedural legislation.

In this sense, VOX states that, according to this service order, with the sole testimony of the prisoner in question, officials can be accused "unjustly" of torture "without any objective element of peripheral corroboration".

In a press release issued by this political organization they affirm that, to date, the Ministry of the Interior "forces" the prison administration to send all complaints to the criminal jurisdiction, even when the parties to the injuries contradict these alleged accusations of bad treatments.

"The statistics show that there is no criminalization of their function," said Macarena Olona after explaining that in the period from 2009 to 2018 there were a total of 758 prison inspection reports, of which only 11 concluded with sanctions. Moreover, adds VOX, in no case were reported torture, but alleged ill-treatment. And it also states that of the 111 complaints filed in 2018, none of them ended in sanctions.

The secretary general added that "public officials do not deserve this criminalization and that VOX is here to raise their voice". "The next thing we will do is, once the Commissions have been constituted (in the Parliament), to demand the appearance of the general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions in the Congress", he assured.

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