On March 13, 2021, Natascia was transferred from the AS3 (“Alta Sorveglianza 3”, High Surveillance 3) section of the Piacenza prison to that of Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison. The lawyer was notified by the arrival prison. After about ten days in solitary confinement for quarantine, she was transferred to the section in a cell that the guards themselves call a “cubicle”: a single cell where two people are locked up, which became three with Natascia’s arrival. Apparently, overcrowding is chronic in the Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison.
Although Natascia has been placed in the section, the same rules do not apply to her as to the other inmates in AS3.
As soon as she arrived, they requisitioned her CDs and CD player and, despite her protests, the situation has remained unchanged to date.
The amount of books (one bag) Natascia had with her when she arrived at the S. Maria Capua Vetere prison seems to have put the guards in such a crisis that they felt obliged to put a ceiling on the number of books she can keep in her cell: at the beginning two, when Natascia protested that even at 41 bis [the most restrictive and afflictive detention circuit in Italian prisons] the books allowed are four, they raised it to four.
She can only call his parents twice a month (from Piacenza she could call them two or three times a week) and she can make some video calls, but at the moment she seems to have limitations in this too. She also applied to do video calls with a comrade, with whom she used to do regular visits and video calls before being transferred to S. Maria Capua Vetere. After a month of applications, sending of documents, censuses, refusals, guarantors, new applications and further sending of documents, the prison deigned to grant her only one hour of interview per month with the comrade in question: although there is a permanent visit permit issued by the judge authorising her to have unrestricted visits (in Piacenza she could have up to three visits per month with Natascia, and later four one-hour video calls per month during the lockdown), the direction of the S. Maria Capua Vetere prison is determined to ignore the court’s decision completely, stating that “the discretion of the prison director is certain. The judge authorises and the director establishes the allowed number of interviews”. AT HIS DISCRETION. Currently the lawyer has appealed to the assize court.
The lawyer also applied for Natascia’s transfer on the grounds of territorial rapprochement. The application was rejected on grounds of fanciful formality.
To make matters worse, perhaps because of the same principle of discretion that particularly governs this prison, the parcels intended for Natascia are opened by the guards in her absence, keeping what they decide to keep without either Natascia or the sender of the parcels really being able to know what has happened to what has not been delivered.
Although the punitive nature of this transfer seems quite clear, Natascia is doing well and is as combative as ever: let’s keep supporting her!
On Monday, May 10, 2021, the “Prometeo” (Prometheus) trial in which Natascia, Beppe and Robert are the defendants will start at the court of Genoa. The hearings will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week in May (until Tuesday, June 1). On 1 and 2 July, prosecutor Manotti will deliver his indictment and the lawyers will present their rebuttals, and the first-degree verdict is expected between July and September.
IN SOLIDARITY AND COMPLICITY WITH NATASCIA, BEPPE AND ROBERT
IN SOLIDARITY AND COMPLICITY WITH THOSE IMPRISONED FOR A DREAM
To write to Natascia:
C. C. di Santa Maria Capua Vetere “F. Uccella”
S. S. 7 bis – via Appia, km 6,500
81055 Santa Maria Capua Vetere (CE)
Italy – Italia
To write to Beppe:
C. C. di Bologna Dozza
via del Gomito 2
Italy – Italia
For contributions and benefits in support of Natascia and Beppe and legal costs: