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Officers fail to follow procedures

Luke Rawalai
Monday, January 20, 2014

CORRECTIONS officers at the Vaturekuka corrections facility in Labasa failed to follow standard procedures leading to the escape of a prisoner who is still on the run.

Fiji Corrections Services Commissioner Colonel Ifereimi Vasu said he toured the North over the weekend to review the holding procedures of inmates at the Vaturekuka corrections facility.

Mr Vasu said that it was a time for him to sit with his personnel and discuss the procedures reminding them of their duties.

"There is a strategy and procedure that is already in place regarding the holding of inmates in our correctional facilities."

"The officers failed to follow these procedures leading to the escape of the inmate last week.

"I have spoken to the officers and told them to be careful to prevent the reoccurrence of this sort of incidents."

Col Vasu also toured the Labasa inmates' fish pond and rice cultivation project under the Yellow Ribbon Program which is said to be progressing well.

He said inmates at Vaturekuka would be involved again in this year's cane crushing season under the Yellow Ribbon Project.

"Our inmates will only cut cane for those who can't cut their cane or have problems but for those who can cut their cane, we will let them to cut their own cane."

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