12 Sep 2018

Govt pays inmate $10,000 for unlawful solitary confinement

From Morning Report, 7:14 am on 12 September 2018

A convicted murderer will be paid $10,000 by the government for being unlawfully held in solitary confinement. This after the UN Committee Against Torture ruled inmate John Vogel had his human rights breached when he was confined to a cell for 21 days - six days longer than legally allowed. It said the solitary confinement was disproportionate and it urged the government to give him fair compensation. The government is also paying part of Vogel's legal costs. John Vogel's lawyer Tony Ellis tells Susie Ferguson despite Vogel being in prison still, he will be able to keep all the money.