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Authority reissues warning against contrabands

Nanise Loanakadavu
Saturday, December 08, 2012

THE Fiji Corrections Service has appealed to the public for assistance and co-operation in bringing an end to the smuggling of contrabands into its correction centres.

This follows the continued discovery of contrabands despite the strict security strategies that have been implemented, including the restrictions on visits. These contrabands include mobile phones, chargers, sim cards, hack saw blades, suki (tobacco) and drugs.

FCS spokeswoman Ana Tamani said they found that contrabands were smuggled in after the movement of inmates to hospital or court and even on work assignments.

"Contrabands have also been thrown in over the fences/wall or planted in work areas frequented by inmates," she said.

"The department is fully aware that inmates are being assisted by certain members of the community and this has become a major hindrance in our efforts to rehabilitate them."

Such actions, she said, only made it worse for their friends and relatives within.

"We are pleading with those assisting the inmates that this does not bring them or anyone any good," she said.

"The Fiji Corrections Service has provided telephone facilities to allow inmates to contact their families or lawyers.

"It must be clear to everyone that inmates are doing time for their crimes.

"If they, in the process, carry out any prison breach, their privileges will be taken away from them and their sentences will also be affected," said Ms Tamani.


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