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The family of a British woman accused of helping the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein exploit underage girls has asked the US Attorney General to improve treatment “in the interest of justice and common humanity” during her trial.

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Ghislaine Maxwell’s family has written to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland requesting that officers use four-point restraints to lock up her arms, waist and legs when she is taken from the holding cell to the courtroom. close, and he receives a food pack and one. Bar of soap every day. The family also asked that she be allowed to meet her lawyers for at least 30 minutes before and after each day’s proceedings.

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In a statement obtained by The Associated Press, the family said the restraint caused bruising, broken skin and other “unnecessary trauma.” He also complained that he received “minimum sustenance” during the first week of his trial, did not have access to soap or hand sanitizer despite exposure to COVID-19 and was only allowed to interact with his lawyers in those areas. Permission was given where they were likely to be. heard by prosecutors.

“Ghisleen’s physical well-being and her right to have fair and timely access to her lawyer during the trial has been completely overlooked,” the family said. “On behalf of her sister, her brothers and sisters urged Attorney Garland to intervene immediately today. Simple, fair and equitable remedies were requested.”

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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell hugs her lawyer Bobby Sternheim as she enters court for her sexual abuse trial. (credit: Jane Rosenberg)

Federal prosecutors allege that 59-year-old Maxwell framed 14-year-old girls to have sex with Epstein and lied about his knowledge of his crimes when he testified in an earlier case . Her trial began on November 29 in US District Court in Manhattan.

Maxwell and his family have repeatedly complained about the conditions under which he has been kept for the past 17 months, saying they were harming his health and preventing him from providing adequate defense. Judge Alison J. Nathan has turned down several requests for bail, citing concerns that Maxwell may be on the run.

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Her family said they are now going straight to Garland because she has final responsibility agencies involved in her sister’s custody and transportation, including the US Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons.

“In the interest of justice and common humanity, Garland must intervene to change the shocking daily order that Ghislain is under during his trial,” the family said.

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