Prisoner told to pay electricity bill

16th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

25 June 2004, CELLE - A German jailbird has been told that the power socket in his cell is not free: a court has ordered part of his earnings docked to pay for electricity for his game console.

25 June 2004

CELLE - A German jailbird has been told that the power socket in his cell is not free: a court has ordered part of his earnings docked to pay for electricity for his game console.

Prisoners are kept one to a cell in Germany and are allowed to put up posters, watch TV and operate small appliances. But Meppen Prison, near the Dutch border, said the man had accumulated so many appliances that he had to pay a bill.

The prisoner went to court in protest at the EUR 1.75 monthly charge, lost, and lost again on appeal.

The court in Celle said power for a television set and electric coffee-maker, razor and typewriter should be free, but not for a music centre, game console and an electric kettle. The court did not disclose the man's sentence or the crime for which he was serving.

DPA

Subject: German news

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