Court turns down bail appeal for prisoner with kidney problems

Court turns down bail appeal for prisoner with kidney problems

The Court of Appeal has turned down a request for bail by prisoner Christopher Bartoli, who made his request in order to be able to get treatment following a kidney transplant.

The Court, Mr Chief Justice Silvio Camilleri and Mr Justice Joseph Zammit McKeon and Mr Justice David Scicluna presiding, decreed that what had happened to Bartoli in his transplanted kidney is not attributable to the fact that he is being held in prison.

It was further stated that every modification made to the treatment Bartoli has been given, has been made as directed by the Mater Dei Renal Unit. It was noted that although it is true that there could have been a short period of adjustment until the prison authorities adapted themselves to the exigencies of Bartoli’s treatment, everything is now under regular control and Bartoli is undergoing the necessary treatment even at the hospital.

In a reaction to this decree, Home Affairs and National Security Minister Michael Farrugia stated that it was not ethically professional or fair, even in the interests of the prisoner in question, that his health ended up being debated on the media, even with certain statements some of which turned out to be simply allegations.