EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 16 July 2015 – Sanatkar v. Romania (no. 74721/12)

The applicant, Hakan Sanatkar, is a Turkish national who was born in 1959 and lives in Dobroieşti, in Ilfov County (Romania). The case concerns his conditions of detention and the practice of his religion in prison.

In 1998 the applicant was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment for attempted murder. He served his sentence in several Romanian prisons. However, his application relates only to the conditions of detention in Giurgiu Prison (from 29 September 2011 to 4 February 2013) and Bucharest-Jilava Prison (from 4 February 2013 to 23 March 2014).

Relying on Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment), Mr Sanatkar complains of overcrowding in these prisons. In particular, in Bucharest-Jilava Prison, 38 prisoners allegedly shared a 45 sq. m cell that was fitted out with triple bunk beds. Under Article 9 (freedom of thought, conscience and religion) the applicant, who is a Muslim, alleges that because of the overcrowding he was unable to spread out his prayer mat in the cell. He also contends that he requested meals that were compatible with the requirements of his religion but received no response.

Press release ECHR 234 (2015) 08/07/2015

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