Monday , December 5 2016

172 inmates escape Haiti prison, 2 dead: report

Officials have launched a manhunt for the absconders, with police glance all roads in the Arcadins coastal zone near Arcahaie prison.

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Port-au-Prince: Nonetheless 172 prisoners escaped from Haitian prison near the capital Port-au-Prince through an armed mutiny, killing 1 guard and many escaping with police weapons, local media stated.

Le Nouvelliste newspaper mentioned Arcahaie prison manager Heurtelou Paul Colson on Saturday as stating a guard was shot dead and 2 other police officers were injured.

One prisoner mounted over a wall and fell to his death, while 2 other prisoners were injured and in hospital.

The prison manager expressed Le Nouvelliste that Yvener Carelus, who was serving time for kidnapping, was the mastermind behind the scene escape plan. He was arrested.

“He formulated the escape from the inside with a few assistants,” Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior expressed to the newspaper, adding that security was being boosted at prisons across the country.

Human rights activist Pierre Esperance noted that the prison had housed “a lot of big-name prisoners, major criminals send to prison for theft, rape, kidnapping, drug trafficking, etc.”

Officials have launched a manhunt for the absconders, with police glance all roads in the Arcadins coastal zone near Arcahaie prison.

“The government strongly convicts the instances that took place at Arcahaie prison, targeted in a mutiny by heavily armed individuals,” the office of short-term Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, who also serves as defense minister, stated in a statement.

“Special police troops are on site to guard the region and prevent those responsible from triggering further harm.”

The foreign, justice and interior ministers, along with top national police officers, visited the prison after the violence.

Jean-Charles asked the justice minister to “take all essential measures to remedy this unacceptable situation,” his office stated.

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