Justice Minister Tudorel Toader: A new penitentiary will be built

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has announced on Wednesday, at the beginning of the Government sitting, that a new penitentiary will be built to replace two military units from Unguriu, Buzau County and that in November Romania should submit to the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) the measures taken or planned to improve the conditions in penitentiaries.

For the construction of the Unguriu penitentiary, the land on which the two military units operated was to be transferred from the Defence Ministry to the Ministry of Justice through a Government decision on the agenda of the meeting on Wednesday, realitatea.net informs.

“In order to meet the requirements of the pilot judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, it is proposed to take over two military units in Buzau County, from the Ministry of National Defence. It is a very generous land area, it has solid buildings, appropriate for use in the Penitentiary Administration, and we intend to propose the construction of a new modern penitentiary at European standards which, along with the Berceni penitentiary – for which the feasibility study has started – to ensure the accommodation capacity at the level of four meters per inmate, as the European Court requires,” Minister Tudorel Toader said.

Prime Minister Tudose has requested the minister to ‘close the subject’ of penitentiary conditions in Romania, in order to avoid the financial sanctions from the ECHR.

“Let’s close the subject, penalties are looming,” PM Tudose said.

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