Inmates plan protest over soaring shop prices

Inmates of a Florence jail are set to protest over prices in the prison shop, local media has reported.

Inmates plan protest over soaring shop prices
Prisoners are planning to protest against the soaring cost of products in the prison shop. Photo: Ben/Flickr

From the first week of July, prisoners at Sollicciano jail will be protesting “against the prices of products on sale compared to those outside the institution, which have increased in respect to prices at supermarkets outside,” La Nazione Firenze quoted prisoner rights advocate Franco Corleone as saying.

The inmates have also complained of poor living conditions and overcrowding at the Florence jail.

News of the protest was announced on Thursday, the same day Italian Justice Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri announced plans to ease prison overcrowding. There are just 45,000 places in Italian jails, but 66,000 detainees.

Earlier this month President Giorgio Napolitano responded to a ruling against Italy by the European Court of Human Rights over the issue, saying it was “mortifying confirmation” of the state’s inability to uphold prisoners’ rights.

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British man found dead in Florence hotel named as ex-rugby league player

A man found dead in a hotel room in Florence was named by Italian media on Sunday as British former rugby league player Ricky Bibey.

British man found dead in Florence hotel named as ex-rugby league player

A man was found dead on Saturday in the Hotel Continentale after a woman he was with cried out for help, according to unconfirmed media reports.

Italian news outlets have identified the victim as Ricky Bibey, a two-time Challenge Cup winner with Wigan Warriors and St Helens. Police have yet to confirm the dead man’s identity.

Super League tweeted it was “saddened to hear of the passing of Ricky Bibey”.

“We thank Ricky for his contributions to the game and send our condolences to Ricky’s family and friends during this time”.

A maid rushed in to find the 43-year old woman bleeding heavily from serious injuries, and she was rushed to hospital, La Nazione daily newspaper said.

Bibey, 40, appeared to have died of a heart attack, it said.

Other guests at the Continentale, just next to the Tuscan city’s famous Ponte Vecchio bridge, reportedly heard shouts coming from the room.

Police seized objects including items possibly used in an erotic game, La Nazione said.