Do Kwon, currently detained in Montenegro and potentially awaiting extradition to the United States or South Korea, would face harsh conditions in the country’s prison system.
According to a March 29 Protos report, an anonymous criminal lawyer said the conditions in Montenegrin prisons and jails “have not changed” from those described in the 2020 Republic Department of Human Rights report. The report cited a case in which prison officials were convicted. torture and “inflicting serious bodily harm” on 11 inmates in 2015, as well as other “poor” conditions in some prisons in Montenegro due to immersion and lack of medical attention.
Citing reports from the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the State Department said many prisoners were locked in the boat’s cells for about 23 hours a day, with some reports of inter-inmate violence. Kwon could stay in those conditions for “at least a year” while Montenegro studies extradition requests, depending on the outcome of the criminal case over the alleged forged travel documents.
“The rooms are 8 square meters and very crowded,” said the lawyer. “There are 10-11 people in a room, usually there is not even a bed.”
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