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European watchdog criticises conditions in Bulgarian prisons

Published:Friday | March 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP):

A high-level European human-rights body has sharply rebuked Bulgaria for neglecting its duty to create normal conditions in the

country's dilapidated and overcrowded prisons.

In a statement issued yesterday, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee said Bulgarian authorities had failed persistently to address "fundamental shortcomings in the treatment and conditions of detention of persons deprived of their liberty".

The report also said that deliberate physical ill-treatment of detainees was on the rise, highlighted the "ever-worsening state of dilapidation" of the prisons, and said "endemic corruption" was one of the major problems of Bulgaria's prison system.