Six supervisors tested positive for Covid-19 in the prison where Nordahl Lelandais is being held

The basics In Saint-Quentin-Fallavier (Isère) prison, where Nordahl Lelandais is being held, six guards tested positive for Covid-19. Not a single inmate has tested positive for the virus so far.

Six positive cases of Covid-19 among the guards have been discovered since Tuesday in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier prison in Isère, where Nordahl Lelandais is being held, the prison administration confirmed on Wednesday, which speaks of a “perfectly mastered” situation. . This epidemic focus was reported to the regional health authority (ARS) on Wednesday morning, as the procedure requires, the administration confirms information from the regional daily Dauphiné Libéré. No case has been reported among detainees, and this cluster currently “has no impact on detention or judicial removals,” adds the same source, particularly that of Nordahl Lelandais.

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The latter, who is being held in solitary confinement, must be removed from his cell starting Monday to appear before the Assize Court of Savoy for the 2017 murder of Arthur Noyer. The prison authorities saw no obstacle to his coming next week that judicial withdrawals “for sick people” would be stopped. “At the moment there is nothing to indicate that the organization of the Nordahl Lelandais trial is at risk due to the situation in Saint-Quentin,” said Nathalie Hermitte, judge at the Chambéry courthouse, who is responsible for communication around the trial.

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“Nobody is safe,” says Alain Chevallier, UFAP-Unsa delegate of the prison union in the Saint-Quentin-Fallavier correctional center, which houses around 500 inmates for 135 supervisors. “There is no guarantee that Lelandais or any inmate will at some point no longer be positive for the virus,” added the regulator.

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Alain Chevallier also criticizes management “doing everything possible not to give us any information” while the epidemic situation “flares up” in prisons. In particular, he mentions a fight between inmates on Sunday that was separated from now positive superiors. “We have contact cases among prisoners (but) the administration ensures that they are forgotten, as this implies that restrictive measures are more important to them,” said the union representative.

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