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MINISTER ON BACKGROUND TO 'PRISON BUSINESS' BILL

 

Addressing a parliamentary debate of a bill regarding compensation payments for poor prison conditions in Hungary, Justice Minister Judit Varga noted a 2015 ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), saying that prison conditions in Hungary warranted an effective compensation system, as overcrowding is causing repeated and constant problems. The ECtHR called on Hungary to implement a prevention and compensation system to tackle the issue, she said. Recent years have shown that the compensation system is vulnerable to abuse, she said. So far, 12,680 rulings were issued in prison compensation cases, coming close to nine billion forints (EUR 26.6m). Of the payments, merely 10% went towards paying damages to the victims of the inmates suing, and 61% ended up in attorneys’ deposit accounts, she said.