Wednesday 25th July, 2007

 

Inmate: Escapees paid $1,000 for blades

 
 
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“Everybody knows how those boys got the blades...it was not in any meals. The blades were given to those boys. The prisons officer was paid $500 per blade...everybody knows that, it is no secret up here.”

— an inmate claimed.

BY ANIKA GUMBS-SANDIFORD

An inmate of the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca yesterday claimed a prisons officer took $1,000 to provide hacksaw blades to facilitate the escape of three murder accused from the jail last week Wednesday.

The three—Saddiqui “Sadiq” Martin, Noel “Snoop” Gilbert and Ragaee “Rajaee” Ali—were charged with murder and are due for trial in the High Court.

The men who were being kept in a section of the jail called “Guantanamo Bay,” an inmate alleged in an interview on a cellphone yesterday, had paid the prisons officer $500 each for the hacksaw blades.

This was one of several allegations levelled by the caller who claimed he was speaking from a cell block located downstairs the San Fernando Magistrates Court yesterday.

He also spoke about the harsh treatment unleashed on inmates since the escape of Ali, Martin and Gilbert.

Up to yesterday the three inmates remained at large.

The purported inmate—who is also facing a murder charge—refused to give his name but insisted that just days after receiving the payment the officer proceeded on vacation.

He claimed: “Everybody knows how those boys got the blades...it was not in any meals. The blades were given to those boys. The prison officer was paid $500 per blade...everybody knows that, it is no secret up here.”

Claiming prison brutality, the man, said to be one of the 27 prisoners who are being kept at “Guantanamo Bay,” said since the jailbreak “we are seeing hell.”

“They ban the home-cooked meals for no reason. No hacksaw blades were in the food...they are punishing us for no reason. Every day they are making us lie on the ground outside for two hours in the hot sun, is real persecution inside here.”

He alleged buckets of faeces and urine are dashed on inmates to wake them up early on mornings. He also claimed that during patrols inside the cells at nights guns are being put in their faces.

Accusing the prisons authorities of oppressing members of the Muslim faith in jail, he claimed pages were being torn out of the Q’uran.

It could not be confirmed whether the man was a bonafide prisoner or whether he was in fact speaking from the cell block of the court.

Attempts to contact Prisons Commissioner John Rougier or the Deputy Commissioner Herman Rougier were unsuccessful up to late yesterday.

 

 

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