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.
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 threeSaddiqui Sadiq Martin, Noel
Snoop Gilbert and Ragaee Rajaee
Aliwere 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 inmatewho is also facing a murder
chargerefused to give his name but insisted that
just days after receiving the payment the officer proceeded
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
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
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 Quran.
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.