Lawyer for man tortured by inmates during Cloverhill riot releases statement

Lawyer for man tortured by inmates during Cloverhill riot releases statement

During a riot in Cloverhill yesterday, 21-year-old Walli Ullah Safi was tortured by inmates in the yard of the remand prison.

His face was sliced, his arm was broken and he was severely beaten.

Mr Safi arrived in the country two-weeks-ago and was found wandering the M7 by gardai.

He had no English, no identification and no idea what country he was in.

A non-national must produce on demand a passport or ID and failure to do so is a criminal offence.

As a result, he appeared in court and was subsequently imprisoned.

He was described as being quiet and inoffensive by sources.

The statement from Mr Safi’s legal representative, Conal Boyce, reads:

“He(Mr Safi) had travelled a distance of 6000 odd kilometres to get to this country in the hope of finding a safe haven and unfortunately for him he found himself further brutalised within our system.

I have no idea why this began but I am certain that there was no justification for it and it has to be said that my client at no stage in any way contributed to his assault and the treatment he received from his fellow inmates.

He suffered, as I understand it, a broken arm, a facial wound and some other injuries and is of course deeply traumatised by the experience.  

However, he has been in receipt of treatment.   He was triaged in house and was subsequently brought to Hospital where he was treated to a greater extent for his injuries.  He has since been returned to Cloverhill where he has full access to the medical facility and is, as I understand it, in a high support unit with access to the Psychological team.   .

Mr. Safi will remain in custody for the time being but I am very hopeful that he will in the short term begin to realise that there is more to Ireland than the brutality he was subjected to yesterday and that we are a humane and caring Society.”

Gardaí are conducting a separate investigation into the riot as a criminal incident.