Twenty two remand prisoners who were behind bars for minor non-violent offences were offered bail today as six Magistrates held special bail hearing at the Lusignan Prison, where hundreds of prisoners were taken following Sunday’s devastating fire and prison break at the Camp Street jail.
The decision to hold the special hearings was taken at a meeting of the National Security Council earlier today.
Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan updated the media on the meeting and said that other major decisions were taken.
The actions to follow will deal largely with the redistributions of those prisoners who were housed at the now fire ravaged Camp Street Prison.
The prisoners were transferred to the location last night and have been in open spaces even as efforts are afoot to make them comfortable until they can be transferred to the Timerhi, New Amsterdam or Mazaruni prisons.
Over 1000 prisoners are currently being held at the Lusignan facility.
Mr. Ramjattan acknowledged that the inmates are still exposed to the elements but said that tents and temporary accommodation are being established.
The Civil Defence Commission delivered tents, water and food items to the prisoners earlier today.
Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud has assured too that prisoners at Lusignan will see significant improvement within the next 24hrs. “There are five that are still at large, four of the five we have confirmed their identities and we are still to confirm the identity of the fifth person, we had information that has been partially confirmed of one escapee sighting in Georgetown” he said.
“Prisoners are being attended to, the conditions there are little harsh but there will be significant improvements to that within the next 24hours.” he added.
You must be logged in to post a comment Login