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Council of Europe anti-torture Committee visits the Principality of Monaco

Strasbourg, 06.12.2012 - A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) recently carried out a four-day visit to the Principality of Monaco. The visit, which began on 27 November, was the CPT’s second to the Principality.

This visit provided an opportunity to assess the practical implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT after its first visit in 2006. Particular attention was paid to the treatment of persons detained in the cells of the Central Directorate of Public Security, persons held in the remand prison, or those placed by administrative decision or court order in the Department of Psychiatry of the Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG).

During the visit, the CPT delegation met Mr Paul MASSERON, Counsellor on Home Affairs, Mr Patrice CELLARIO, Director General and Mr Richard MARANGONI, Director of Public Security, as well as Mr Christophe HAGET, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department and Mr Fabien VACHETTA, Deputy Director of the Municipal Police. Further, the delegation had consultations with Mr Stéphane VALERI, Counsellor for Health and Social Issues, Mrs Virginie COTTA, Director General, Mrs Anne NEGRE, Director of Health and Social Action and Dr Valérie AUBIN, Head of the CHPG Department of Psychiatry.

The delegation also held talks with Mr Philippe NARMINO, Director of Judicial Services, Mr Jean-Pierre DRENO, General Prosecutor, Mrs Martine PROVENCE, Secretary General and Messrs Jean-Yves GAMBARINI and Olivier RICHAUD, respectively, Director and Deputy Director of Monaco Remand Prison.

At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Monégasque authorities.

The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT :

-        Xavier RONSIN (French), Head of Delegation
-        Maria Rita MORGANTI (San Marinese)
-        Anna LAMPEROVA (Slovakian)
-        Joan CABEZA GIMENEZ (Andorran).

They were supported by Fabrice KELLENS, Deputy Executive Secretary of the CPT.

The delegation visited the following places of deprivation of liberty: Monaco Remand Prison, the detention unit of the Monaco Court of Justice, the Central Directorate of Public Security and the CHPG Department of Psychiatry.

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