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Remand review on

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, November 30, 2012

POLICE are reviewing procedures for handling remand prisoners in their custody following the escape of six men this month.

And senior officers in the force would be held accountable where proper procedures were not followed.

This was revealed by Fiji Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro.

Ms Naisoro said two of the prisoners escaped from police custody in the North, three escaped from the Nadi cell block and one escaped while being escorted to the Legal Aid office in Suva.

All six have been recaptured.

She said senior officers had been told of the consequences of failing to follow through with standard procedures when handling remand prisoners.

"Due to the number of prisoner escapes from our custody this month, we will be reviewing procedures in place and those who are in senior positions will be held accountable should there be a breach," Ms Naisoro said.

"This is because those in senior positions have to ensure that policies in place are being followed accordingly and properly implemented by the men on the ground," she said.

Ms Naisoro said a further four remand prisoners had escaped from the custody of St Giles Hospital while four had also escaped from Suva Prison.