The recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights which found that lack of prisoner space in Tallinn Prison amounts to inhuman treatment has triggered similar claims from several prisoners, writes Postimees.
Eleven inmates held in Tallinn prison have now sued the Estonian state claiming compensation for their "inhuman treatment", saying that the ratio of prison cells per prisoner is below the statutory limit.
Their compensation claims range from a few hundred to tens of thousands of euros.
One of the prisoners, Marko Kalev, is claiming 90,000 euros as compensation for "inhuman conditions”. Kalev also claims that the state must pay him in addition 6.6 milion euros as he could not protect his interests in court cases linked to his companies.
In April Tallinn Administrative Court ruled that Kalev’s claim should be satisfied in part, but said that monetary compensation was out of the question. Prisoners say that since Estonian courts are likely to rule against these 11 claims, many of them are prepared to appeal up to the European Court of Human Rights.