“We are tired of always making an exception with our relatives”

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The Association of Prisoners’ Relatives has condemned those who lie, arguing that the detainees “have received benefits or claim that exceptional measures have never been applied to them, nor to them.”

The Association of Relatives of Prisoners, Etxerat, has stated that it “sick of” that there is always an exception with their relatives and that the law “doesn’t apply” to them. “We are tired of being asked questions that are not covered by the law and outraged by so many political, media and judicial excuses to preserve the exceptional nature of the prison,” they emphasized.

For example, Etxerat has denied that “benefits” are granted to ETA inmates and, on the contrary, they have denounced that currently only 14 inmates are in third-degree prison terms because they have served half their sentence, when they should be “132 if the law were to be applied.”

At a press conference in Bilbao, spokespersons for the association showed their “saturation” before the rights of their relatives were violated, and they have charged those who lie, arguing that the detainees “have received benefits or assure that exceptional measures have never been applied to them, nor are they applied to them.”

“We are talking about rights, those who take into account the law and penitentiary regulations that correspond to our relatives and are denied them in an interested and vengeful way,” she added.

“168 prisoners would have to go on leave if ordinary legality were applied to them, but only 22 leave”

In this sense, they explained that in less than a year there were a total of 71 exit permits authorized for a total of 34 prisoners by the treatment councils of Álava (24), El Dueso (18), Martutene (12 ), Burgos (8) , Basauri (6), Logroño (1) and Zuera (1) were subsequently dismissed by the Central Judge of Penitentiary Supervision and the First Division of the National Court.

“A total of 168 prisoners would have to go on leave if ordinary legality were applied to them, but only 22 leave,” they criticized during their appearance.

Likewise, they have disapproved that the Central Judge of Penitentiary Supervision has issued three regressions from third to second degree, which has led to the return to prison of three people who have already enjoyed semi-freedom. “132 inmates would be in the third degree if ordinary legitimacy were applied to them for serving half the sentence, but only 14 are,” they have stated.

On the other hand, they stated that 51 inmates can reach parole for serving three quarters of the sentence, of which only six have been served this year.

“Nearly five years have passed since our imprisoned relatives, currently 190, committed themselves to resolution and coexistence and embarked on their legal journey to prison, which has become a continuous obstacle course, first to be approached, then to obtain permits, classified in the third diploma and finally to access parole,” he added.


Source: EITB

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