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Benschop protests as CoI wraps up

Even as the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison Riot concluded on Monday, political activist Mark Benschop was outside protesting the COI, saying that it was nothing more than a farce and waste of taxpayers monies. Benschop’s complaints comes after he was scheduled to testify at the COI but refused after learning that his testimony would only be ...

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No headless body after Camp Street riot – Medical Examiner

State pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh has testified that none of the 17 bodies recovered after the Camp Street Prison Riots which killed 17 inmates were headless. Dr Singh made the statement while testifying at the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison disturbances on May 3. He told the panel that his examination of the remains showed that the ...

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Prisoners set fire to Golden Grove Police Station

Police say that prisoners being held at the Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara Police Station managed to set fire to the station lockups after being denied cigarettes. According to a statement from the police at about 06:30 hrs on Thursday prisoners in the lockups were taken out of their cells by the police to shower themselves. At the conclusion of ...

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System defects give rise to possibility for prison break – CoI hears

Several system defects at the Camp Street Prison give rise to the possibility for prisoners to escape their dorms and ultimately the prison compound. This is according to the testimony given by Camp Street Prison Officer Dekanna Benjamin when she appeared at the Camp Street Prison Commission of Inquiry on Tuesday. The officer stationed in the Operations Room told the ...

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I eat the food prepared for inmates – Camp Street Prison Kitchen Officer

Oldfield Romelus, one of the Officers at the Camp Street Prison with responsibility for preparing meals for prisoners says that he eats the very food that is prepared and it is far from what some inmates have described it. Since the Commission into the Camp Street had commenced prisoners have decried the meals being served to them, with one prisoner ...

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Justice Patterson slams Ram over COI walk out; says display “petulant, outrageous”

Two days after the President of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) Chris Ram, stormed out of the Camp Street Prison Commission of Inquiry (CoI) withdrawing the group’s participation, the Commission Chairman retired Justice James Patterson has come out swinging at Ram for what he deemed a display of childishness. At the time of the stormy walkout Ram had raised concerns ...

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‘How can you save a life already lost?’ – Prison Service Officer asks COI

Cadet Prison Officer and the Head of the task force that was activated to deal with rioting prisoners on March 3 had some grueling questions of his own when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison disturbances on Friday. Udistair Holligan, a key respondent during the riots, recounted the fear and intimidation that was associated ...

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Contraband is a multi-million jail enterprise – Deputy Director of Prisons

  Deputy Director of Guyana’s Prisons Gladwin Samuels has stated that the distribution and sale of contraband in Guyana’s prison system is a multi-million dollar industry and his stern footing against it may have led to him being disliked by the inmates at the Camp Street Prison. Samuels made the statement while being interviewed by reporters as the second day ...

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“Anything could have happened” – Fire Chief recalls possibility of major prison breakout

Fire Chief Marlon Gentle has testified that anything could have happened during the Camp Street Prison riot – citing the possibility of a major prison escape at the principal penal center in Guyana. Gentle made the statement while giving testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into the Camp Street Prison disturbances on Wednesday. He was one of three officials that ...

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