Pa­trick Spi­teri’s lawyer de­scribes client’s in­car­cer­a­tion as in­hu­man and de­grad­ing in light of on­go­ing health is­sues

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Pa­trick Spi­teri’s lawyer told a court today that due to his de­grad­ing health, his client’s con­tin­ued de­ten­tion con­sti­tuted as in­hu­man and de­grad­ing treat­ment.

Spi­teri was ex­tra­dited to Malta from the UK in May on charges of fraud, mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments. Spi­teri, who al­legedly mis­ap­pro­pri­ated €7.4 mil­lion, is cur­rently be­ing held in pre­ven­tive cus­tody at the Cor­radino Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity.

A physi­cian ap­pointed by the court, which is presided over by Mag­is­trate An­to­nio Mi­callef Trig­ona, said that due to a rare skin con­di­tion, Be­hcet’s syn­drome, the over­crowd­ing, stress and cig­a­rettes within a prison is prov­ing detri­men­tal to Spi­teri’s health.

Lawyer Stefano Filetti, who is rep­re­sent­ing the de­fence, told the court that his client was never shown to be on the run, as was in­di­cated by the pros­e­cu­tion, but rather he was a sick man who needed to be treated.

He de­scribed Spi­teri’s im­pris­on­ment as a dis­pro­por­tion­ate mea­sure and sug­gested that Spi­teri re­turn to his res­i­dence.

In a sit­ting last Fri­day, Spi­teri told Mag­is­trate Con­suelo Scerri Her­rera: “I get very fre­quent headaches and need con­stant ac­cess to med­i­ca­tion. Ev­ery time I take my med­i­ca­tion late, I end up los­ing the med­i­ca­tion cy­cle and have to start over. Smok­ing in the di­vi­sion is af­fect­ing my health. I get skin le­sions, my eye hurts and I get fre­quent di­ar­rhoea. The heat inside is un­bear­able but at the same time, I can­not open the door be­cause of the smoke com­ing in and the noise of the loud mu­sic con­stantly play­ing. That prison cell is mak­ing my health worse.”

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