Bruges: ‘Prisoners treated like animals’ after guard attack
Share article:
Share article:

Bruges: ‘Prisoners treated like animals’ after guard attack

© Belga

The Central Prison Supervisory Council estimates the situation in the maximum-security wing of Bruges prison is “unacceptable.” A week ago, three warders were hospitalised after being attacked by an inmate. Since then, the wing’s staff have been providing a minimum service.

The Central Council considers that normal operations should be resumed immediately, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad reported on Friday.

A delegation from the Central Prison Supervisory Council paid a monitoring visit to the maximum-security section on Wednesday. The visit was shocking, according to president Marc Nève. “The prisoners have been locked in their cells 24 hours a day since the incident. There is no longer any contact between staff and the prisoners, who are left to fend for themselves and feel unsafe,” he explained.

The Central Council also condemns the fact that eight prisoners who have nothing to do with the incident have been unable to leave their cells for six days, cannot go outside for a breath of air, have a shower or see visitors. “Naturally, we understand what has happened to the warders. But what is happening now is unacceptable. I believe animals are better treated,” Nève said.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Over 80,000 companies in Belgium non-compliant with anti-money laundering meassures
Over 80,000 companies and non-profits in Belgium are still not compliant with the Ultimate Business Owner (UBO) register, which is required of them ...
Increase in tax exemption for donations in Belgium fails to meet expectations
The increase from 45% to 60% in the tax exemption for donations, decided by the former federal government in June 2020, has cost Belgium more than ...
Sex workers in Belgium to get more social rights protection
The social rights of sex workers will soon be better protected in Belgium, Belga News Agency reports. The Council of Ministers has approved a draft ...
Belgian firms sent almost 266 billion euros to tax havens last year
Hundreds of Belgian firms sent close to 266 billion euros to tax havens last year, De Tijd reported on Saturday. Any Belgian individual or firm ...
Belgian investigator wins prestigious US prize
Olivier Hardy, an investigator with the federal police’s anti-terrorist unit in Brussels, DR3, received on Friday a "Top Cop" prize in Washington for ...
Pegasus Project: European Parliament awards journalism prize to investigation of use of spyware
The Daphne Caruana Prize for Journalism was awarded on Thursday to the journalists from the Pegasus Project coordinated by the Forbidden Stories ...
Belgians can now test their knowledge of driving rules and win prizes
The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) launched on Friday a quiz to allow the general public to test their knowledge of the highway code. Last year, ...
600 extras wanted for film about Belgian ‘Porn King’ and notorious Antwerp nightclub
A Belgian movie telling the story of a notorious Antwerp nightclub with connections to a Belgian 'Porn King' is looking for 600 extras at the end of ...
Namur Marathon relaunches after two years on hold
The next edition of the Namur Marathon will take place on April 24, 2022, its organisers announced on Friday, as they also opened registrations. ...
Lidl goes on strike: Half of supermarkets in Belgium closes on Saturday
One in two Lidl shops remained closed on Saturday morning, Lidl spokeswoman Isabelle Colbrandt said. Staff have been on strike for several days to ...
€220 million: Largest ever lottery prize in Europe won in France
A record-breaking €220 million Euromillions jackpot was won on Friday by a player in France, the French gaming authority (FDJ) has announced. The ...
Antwerp exhibition shows first photos after city bombed in 1944
An open-air exhibition in Antwerp will show off never before seen photos as part of a commemoration of the first V-bomb to hit the city, 77 years ...