Chamber of Deputies

New Luxembourg prison gets green light

Photo: Guy Jallay

(CS/jm) Luxembourg MPs on Thursday gave the green light for the construction of a new prison near Sanem in south-west Luxembourg.

The prison will allow the separation of convicted criminals and detained suspects, providing room for 400 prisoners and relieving Schrassig by 40 percent.

The 156.65 million euros project is expected to take three years to finish, with construction set to start in 2016. The facility will be located at the “Uerschterhaff” near Sanem.

Only two MPs of “déi Lénk” voted against the new prison, arguing that rather than increasing its capacity, the government should completely review the Luxembourg prison system.

The Grand Duchy has been repeatedly criticised by human rights organisations for being unable to separate convicted criminals and suspects awaiting trial who may yet prove to be innocent. Justice Minister Félix Braz criticised the Left MPs for wanting to allow this situation to continue.