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3 men punished for Luxembourg prison riots
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3 men punished for Luxembourg prison riots

09.10.2016 From our online archive
Two weeks in a secure cell and a monthlong ban on workshops and group activities are among the punishments received by three men who rioted at Luxembourg's prison.

(JB) Two weeks in a secure cell and a monthlong ban on workshops and group activities are among the punishments received by three men who rioted at Luxembourg's prison.

Responding to a parliamentary question, Luxembourg Justice Minister Félix Braz disclosed the punishments issued after the men barricaded themselves inside the first floor of the southern building at Schrassig prison on September 5.

Door was barricaded with broom handles & washing machines

At 9:30pm, staff noticed the door to the unit in which 19 detainees were staying, had been blocked using broom handles, washing machines, driers and bins.

The windows in the doors were covered with bed sheets preventing staff from seeing into the corridor. It later emerged some detainees had spread oil on the floor and on their skin, presumably to slow down any intervention by authorities.

According to Braz, at no point did the detainees the other side of door make any requests. The minister said they refused to speak to the prison staff.

Police were called at 10:30pm and later the fire service came out to extinguish a burning mattress, which had been set alight by the detainees.

Three found responsible for riot

As a precaution, a special police unit arrived around 1:30am. The barricaded door was forced opened and anti-riot grenades were let off. In the ensuing chaos, one prison worker received a knee injury.

All 19 inmates were handcuffed. Braz said, however, that three were held responsible for the right.

According to the minister, the instigators were a man suffering from a personality disorder, who was encouraged by two other inmates.

The three were punished for infringing order, breaching security, refusing an order, threatening a staff member, possession of a prohibited object, damage to the equipment,rioting and arson.