The Balkan Insight website reports today (May 29, 2012) that an Albanian ombudsman has asked the prosecutor's office to launch a criminal investigation into allegations that five prison guards tortured two prisoners.
"The treatment of the prisoners by the police has been inhumane," the ombudsman's office writes in its referral to the Tirana's prosecutor's office. "The officers have committed the criminal offense of torture and they should be punished severely," it adds.
The incident occurred on April 28 in Tirana's Jordan Misja prison after a prisoner sought medical treatment, and in response was severely beaten by the guards in the infirmary.
When the victim's brother -- who was also under arrest at the time -- protested over the beating, the prison guards allegedly isolated that prisoner in a room and beat him as well.