STRASBOURG, 19.01.2007 -- A delegation of the Council of Europe Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has recently carried out a two-day visit to Spain (14 and 15 January 2007). The purpose of the visit was to examine the modalities of care and custody of José Ignacio DE JUANA CHAOS, a prisoner on hunger strike who is currently being held in the Doce de Octubre Hospital in Madrid. The CPT was informed that further to a judicial decision the prisoner was being fed against his will. The delegation interviewed the above mentioned prisoner and held consultations with members of the medical team at the Doce de Octubre hospital, the competent judicial authorities and the Director of Madrid VI Prison, where the prisoner was held before being hospitalised. It also met representatives of the Spanish Medical Association and several lawyers familiar with the case. At the end of the visit the CPT's delegation had talks with Maria ÁNGELES GONZÁLES GARCÍA, Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Mercedes GALLIZIO LLAMAS, Director-General of Penitentiary Institutions. The visit was carried out by two members of the CPT: Mauro PALMA (Italian and 1st Vice President of the CPT) and Jean-Pierre RESTELLINI (a Swiss medical doctor). They were assisted by Marco LEIDEKKER from the CPT's secretariat.
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