Cyprus Mail

Prison riot not related to suicide

A riot that broke out at the central prisons on Sunday was not related to the latest convict suicide, which took place earlier that day, police said.

According to reports a number of inmates gathered in the central prison courtyard late on Sunday afternoon and hurled insults at prison guards. Officers from the rapid response and anti-terrorist units were called to the prisons to restore order.

At around 4.15pm a 40-year-old Iranian convict serving a long-term sentence hanged himself in his cell but according to an officer from the rapid response unit the riot was related to the alleged gang rape of a 22-year-old Romanian convict on Thursday.

According to sources at state broadcaster CyBC, seven prison guards are expected to be suspended for the latest episodes at the central prisons.

Earlier on Sunday President Nicos Anastasiades, accompanied by Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and Health Minister Petros Petrides, visited the 22-year-old at Nicosia General Hospital where he is being monitored.

The 40-year-old Iranian is the fourth convict to have committed suicide in the last seven months following those of a 27-year-old Kurdish Syrian in December, a 26-year-old man in August and a 42-year-old in July.


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