German ARD television reports on the dire conditions in the Macedonian prisons, interviewing prisoners who say they remain hungry, cold and in dangerous conditions.
The most notorious is the A wing in the Idrizovo prison near Skopje. This is where the drug dealers, rapists, murderers stay. Men are in huge halls, partitioned with beds and blankets only. Ten to 20 men share a room. The toilets reek, the floor is damp, and there is feces dripping from above, ARD reports.
The more recent, less secure wings are built for non-violent prisoners and they have plenty of room left there, but the violent prisoners remain held in Idrizovo.