The committees of treatment of different prisons are denying all  the individual petitions that prisoners have made demanding parole, in the case of prisoners with incurable illnesses, and the transfer to Basque prisons for all of the rest. Up to now there are more than 65 who have been denied, arguing that, among other things, ETA hasn’t disbanded, the ill prisoners have already filed their appeals before the Prison Supervision Court.

In a response to the SOcial Forum for Peace the Basque Political Prisoners Collective announced that they would undertake the necessary legal procedures to be transferred to either the Prison of Zaballa (Basque Country) for those on Spanish Prisons or to the closest Prison for those in the French State.

APPEALS. According to sources consulted by GARA, the ill prisoners who have had their petitions denied have already presented their appeals to the judge of the Prison Supervision Court of the Spanish National Court, Jose Luis de Castro.

According to the latest information that GARA has had access to, the prisoners ended the presentation of their Petitions in the middle of June. They had to present before their prisons their individualized petitions of transfer to Zaballa, in the Spanish state, and the closest prisons to the Basque Country in the French state. Also, the prisoners with incurable illnesses, serious psychological disorders, prisoners older than 70 years asked in each case for parole or to be kept under house arrest. All the responses received up to this date, and they already pass 65, have been denied.

Each prisoner has sent his petition to the direction of their own prison. First there were more than fifteen ill prisoners and those older than 70, who asked for house arrest to be better attended to. The committees of treatment answered them saying that their circumstances didn’t seem to them to be “sufficient for formulas of compliance different to what they had been assigned”.

According to what GARA has found out, these prisoners have already appealed these denials to the Prison Supervision Court of the Spanish National Court.

The rest of the prisoners in the Spanish state asked for their transfer to the Zaballa prison in Alava, each one of them explaining their personal circumstances, with the years they have spent away from their environment and the punishment that it means for their families. The response has been identical in all of the cases. They answered them that it isn’t up to them to make revisions of their degree of freedom (something that they hadn’t asked for) and that they had to continue in the same prison, arguing that they hadn’t broken with the discipline of ETA, that they are condemned for terrorist crimes and that this organization hasn’t disbanded.