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From left: Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud; Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and Imran Khan
From left: Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud; Minister Khemraj Ramjattan; Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels and Imran Khan

Four days later: Ramjattan finally gives account for prisoners, six confirmed as escapees

Six persons have been confirmed, by Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, as being escaped inmates from the Camp Street Prison, which was destroyed by fire after Sunday’s (July 9, 2017) jailbreak. His comments came during a news conference held at his Ministry’s Brickdam Street office.In giving an account for the 1,018 inmates housed at the City jail on Sunday, he noted that, in addition to the six escapees:

• 83 have been relocated to the Mazaruni Prison;
• 90 have been relocated to the New Amsterdam Prison;
• 48 have been relocated to the Timehri Prison;
• 151 are house in the Lusignan Prison;
• 57 have been granted early release by him;
• 26 have been granted self-bail by magistrates; and
• Eight have had bail reduced to affordable sums and are currently released on bail.

Contrary to earlier reports, Ramjattan clarified that 300 inmates have not been released, rather that number is 91 – the 57 have granted early release by him; 26 have been granted self-bail by magistrates; and eight have had bail reduced to affordable sums and are currently released on bail.

Meanwhile, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels has said that the inmates who have been relocated to other prisons were done carefully, so as to not have overcrowding at the other locations. He disclosed too that the visiting system has not been restarted. However, persons on self-support (those whose families bring food to them) have seen that process recommenced. Samuels stated too that all of those sent to different prisons have been searched for weapons. “As they are moved, they are all being sanitized,” Samuels said.

The remaining 542 prisoners, according to Ramjattan continue to be located in a “walled areas” outside the Lusignan Prison. He explained that within a week, at least 250 will be housed at one standing building at the Camp Street Prison, after some rehabilitation work is done – including roofing and security works.

He added that there is another location being looked at that can accommodate a further 100 inmates.

In the meantime, however, Ramjattan disclosed that a shed, tarmac, washing area and lavatories have been set up in the “walled area” outside the Lusignan Prison. Works to ensure that these facilities are ready will be completed by tonight, according to him.

On the question of whether all the records at the Camp Street Prison, have been destroyed, the Director of Prisons explained that much of the documents in the Administrative building were damaged and backup documentation was maintained as it should have been. He added that the process of computerization has started, but not completed. Samuels noted too that 97 per cent of the “warrants” – documents used when prisoners are admitted to the prisons – have been recovered.

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud, also present for today’s news conference, stated that the Police Force and courts would also have documentation relating to the inmates sent to Camp Street Prison.

The Public Security Minister has since admitted that there was “massive confusion” following the fire and jailbreak at the Camp Street Prison.

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