Provencano was sentenced to 20 life sentences.
The European court of human rights in Strasbourg ruled that Italy violated the rights of the late “boss of bosses” of the Sicilian mafia, Bernardo Provenzano, applying to it the strict prison regime.
On Thursday, the court declared that Italy held Provencano in unduly harsh conditions for several months before his death, while he had discovered a critical cognitive disorders, the Associated Press reports.
Provencano, head of the powerful Corleone clan, died in June 2016 at the age of 83 after ten years of imprisonment. In the last three years of his life he was bedridden because of illness.
Lawyers for the mafia tried unsuccessfully to prove that the strict conditions of detention of their client need to mitigate the condition.
The leadership of the Italian government has criticized the decisions of the ECHR. Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio noted that “inhuman behavior” was how he behaved Provencano.
The Minister Matteo Salvini said that Provenzano was sentenced to 20 life sentences for dozens of murders, and called the court a proof of a useless existence, “the European farce”.
Provencano was kept in the prison of Terni in terms of the very strict regime set for him: day and night video and audio monitoring, communicating only with his lawyers and visits once a month.
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