Judges have backed a human rights complaint about degrading conditions in Greece’s Ioannina prison.
The authorities must now pay €90,000 minimum to 13 applicants after today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Samaras and Others v. Greece (application no. 11463/09),
The decision is not final but the court held, unanimously, that there had been a violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Under Article 41 (just satisfaction) of the Convention, the Court held that Greece was to pay the applicants between 7,000 and 15,000 euros (EUR) each in respect of
non-pecuniary damage and EUR 1,500 jointly for costs and expenses.
The case concerned thirteen applicants detained at Ioannina prison in Greece who complained about overcrowding, promiscuity and the lack of activities there.