By Constantinos Psillides
JUSTICE Minister Ionas Nicolaou on Friday ordered an investigation into the conduct of a prison guard who allegedly abused his authority by making inmates print flyers for his daughter’s private institute for free, according to deputy prison chief Eleni Vatyliotou.
The accusations were laid out by daily Politis, which highlighted a number of issues currently plaguing the Nicosia Central Prisons.
“I was called to the minister’s office in regards to this case. We talked on the subject and he decided that the best course of action was a full investigation to determine whether the accusations are true,” said Vatyliotou.
According to Politis, the prison guard –who is reported to be an officer – ordered the inmates who are employed at the Central Prison’s printing department to print and bind a large number of promotional flyers for his daughter’s private institute.
The prison guard in question is also reportedly goes to work in a pick-up truck laden with fruit and vegetables, which he sells in an area near the prison compound.
Politis claimed that the man flaunted his actions, claiming he was a DISY member and that “he couldn’t be touched”.
The officer in charge of conducting probes in the Central Prison might have his hands full though, since the apparently corrupt officer is not the only case making the news.
Reportedly, another prison guard found himself in hot water three days ago when he arranged for an elderly woman to meet with an inmate, forgetting that the inmate in question had killed himself only days before.
In another reported incident two prison guards got into a fist fight when one called the other “incompetent” in front of inmates, and on Thursday two women got in a fight in the prison yard when the wife of one of the inmates realised that her husband’s girlfriend was also in prison’s visitor list and scheduled to meet her husband. The prison guards had to interfere and break up the fight.