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AG initiates prison disciplinary probe

The Attorney-general’s office is to initiate a wide-ranging probe into possible disciplinary offences at the Central Prisons.

In a decision yesterday, the Cabinet gave the Attorney-general the green light to appoint two investigating officers.

According to an official announcement, the probe will cover the recent suicide of an Iranian inmate, the attempted suicide by another inmate, as well as allegations of sexual abuse made by a Romanian inmate.

The disciplinary offences concern both full-time and part-time personnel at the Central Prisons, the same announcement said.

The investigation comes after five inmates at the prisons took their lives over the last few months, four of the suicides occurring in fast succession. A young Romanian inmate has meanwhile alleged that he was gang-raped.

The affair has led to the replacement of the prisons governor, and to steps – criticised by some as half-measures – to separate inmates diagnosed with psychological problems from the rest of the population.

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