Mobile phones seized from ‘partying prisoners’


Authorities have seized cellular phones belonging to the inmates who posted photos on social media of them partying behind bars, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

The Ministry said it is extremely disappointing that alien objects and other material, inclusive of drugs and liquor, find their way into the various prisons as has occurred in this incident.

The Ministry acknowledges that collusion with prison wardens and prisoners is resulting in these corrupt activities and warned that the culpable prison officers will be dealt with seriously.

The photos of the prisoners were shared on Sunday, on the Facebook page of 34-year-old Abdul Andre Azimullah, who is on remand for murder. The photos indicate what appears to be a ‘party’ inside the prison,

Security at the prisons across the country has always been a challenge for authorities who battle on a daily basis with corrupt prison officers.

Earlier this month, three prison officers were taken into police custody after a parcel with prohibited items were thrown over the fence of the holding bay at the Lusignan, East Coast Demerara prison.

Prison Director (ag), Gladwin Samuels had said recently that the fight against trafficking of contraband must be collective.




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