Updated - Foreign prisoners want longer amnesty
Updated - Eighteen prison inmates have started a hunger strike, complaining of 'empty promises'.
Informed sources said the hunger strikers are claiming inferior treatment compared to Maltese prisoners.
They are complaining of longer jail terms and higher fines than the Maltese and the fact that their criminal record is not considered when sentencing is made.
They are also complaining of a lack of proper medical treatment and an ineffective parole system.
They also want a longer amnesty and the possibility of continuing to live in Malta once they serve out their sentence.
The Home Affairs Ministry said talks are being held. A doctor is in attendance at the prison.