Automatically translated from Basque, translation may contain errors. More information here. Elhuyarren itzultzaile automatikoaren logoa

Another prisoner dies in prison, this time in Basauri

  • On Friday they found the body with signs of “overdose,” according to Naiz. The government has not confirmed the death until Tuesday and has been waiting for the results of the autopsy. He is the sixth prisoner to die in prison since he took office in Basque prisons.
Aurreko heriotza bat salatzeko Salhaketaren kontzentrazioa bat. Argazkia: Alea

07 May 2024 - 15:16
Last updated: 2024-05-24 14:29:30

The first news of the death was issued on Friday by the newspaper El Mundo, which added to the deceased people imprisoned for a week. According to information published by Naiz on Monday, the prisoner was in the jail ward, under the protocol of suicides, but was found at 8:00 with signs of corpses and “overdose”. On 1 October 2021, the Government acquired competence from the prisons of Zaballa, Martutene and Basauri, and since then there have been six prisoners who died in prison: three in Zaballa de Álava, one in Martutene de Gipuzkoa and two in Basauri de Bizkaia.

The government has not confirmed the death until Tuesday morning. First, the Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policy has provided the information in response to the demands of different media. Spokesman Bingen Zupiria is then asked at the press conference after the Governing Council.

Transparency or opacity

The Department of Equality, Justice and Social Policy has given the same explanation to the media Berria, eitb or Naiz: that the body did not show signs of violence, that the body has autopsied itself according to the protocol and is awaiting the results. The same information has been given by Zupiria: “Those who found it have said that there were no signs of violence in their environment and, at this point, to have more information, we should know the autopsy they have carried out.”

With regard to the way information is managed, the Government has argued that they do not make public “such regrettable facts” in order, inter alia, to respect the “privacy of the deceased and his relatives”. They stress, on the contrary, that on Friday the family and parliamentary political groups were notified of what happened.

César Manzanos, a member of the Salhaketa Araba association, has given an opposite view to Berria. He accuses the government of being “dark and opaque” with death, although what happened is “very serious”: “We find it incredible not to give public information about a case like this.”

You are interested in the channel: Espetxe baldintzak
"Prison gets sick and prison kills."
Libertad Francés Lecumberri, coordinator of Salhaketa Navarra, has talked about the shortcomings of the health service in prisons: “When the health staff is transmitted with the logics and criteria of the penitentiary center, instead of being the guarantor of certain rights,... [+]

2024-03-18 | Gedar
The Generalitat has confined 5,000 Catalan prisoners
On the pretext of protests by prison officials, thousands of prisoners have been held in six prisons in Catalonia.  

Relatives of Oroitz Herrero killed in Zaballa prison
"If we've been treated like this, what they're not going to do inside the jail."
Last week 26-year-old Irunés Oroitz Herrero was found dead in his cell in Zaballa prison in Álava. According to the Basque Government it was a “natural death”. However, the young man's relatives have pointed out to ARGIA that Herrero has not been given adequate medical care... [+]

2024-02-07 | Hala Bedi
A prisoner dies in Zaballa prison, third in two years
Since the Basque Government took over the transfer of prisons just two years ago, it has been the fourth death in Basque prisons, the third in Zaballa prison.

Salhaketa says the last death in prison is only the tip of the iceberg
He denounces that the prisoner who hanged on Saturday had not been trained against suicides and was only in the cell, although in previous days he declared that “he was not well”. He stresses that he is the third prisoner to commit suicide since the government assumed prison... [+]

Eguneraketa berriak daude