St Albans: Tales of torture and intimidation continue

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Read Senior Journalist, Carolyn Raphaely’s latest story on St Alban’s mass beatings, torture and assaults. The latest piece reveals intimidation tactics through solitary confinement. Simphiwe ‘Tyson’ Mbena one of the 231 plaintiffs who endured torture and mass-beating at the hands of St Albans prison warders in 2005, has been held in solitary confinement for nearly six weeks.

The maximum permitted by the Correctional Services ACT (CSA), except under exceptional circumstances is seven days, but Mbena has been locked up for 42 days.
“I feel emotionally unstable and am suffering from bouts of panic and nervousness…anxiety and depression,” Mbena said. “The longer my solitary confinement has gone, the worse these feelings have become…”
In papers submitted to the court, specialist psychiatrist Peter Crafford confirmed what Mbena said: “Mr Mbena had developed an adjustment disorder with depressed and anxious mood, largely due to his continuous solitary confinement. His disorder adversely affects his ability to focus, to give sound evidence and to relate to the legal team in his present state. Continue reading here

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