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Images Reveal Prisoner Abuse in Buimo Jail

by Scott Waide – EM TV News, Lae

A series of images showing prisoners bearing injuries sustained from alleged beatings by prison officers have been sent to the Correctional Service Commissioner, Michael Waipo, for further investigations.

The images understood to have been taken by inmates soon after the beatings were sent anonymously to EMTV with an appeal to get the CS commissioner, CS minister and the prime minister to look into the alleged abuse of prisoners occuring at Lae’s Buimo Jail.

According to information on the photographs, the images were taken in May this year. They were sent to EMTV from reliable sources who cannot be named for safety reasons.

According to the sources, at least three prisoners were beaten with blunt objects soon after they were jailed for the killing of a policeman at Pindiu station in Morobe.

The images came with an appeal that the pictures to be sent to the CS commissioner, Michael Waipo and the CS minister, Jim Simatab, so that the injustices would be investigated and the abusers exposed.

About a month after the images were taken, the men in the picture reportedly escaped with more than 60 others in a mass prison break out.

In June, the correctional service sent officers from Port Moresby to investigate the circumstances that could have triggered the mass escape.

It is understood the investigators faced significant hurdles in extracting information from prison authorities and were forced to piece together information from extern stakeholders including members of the media.

The investigation report into the prison escape at Buimo, meanwhile, has been completed.

In a short phone interview, CS commissioner, Michael Waipo, said the report detailing reasons for the escape and the problems within Buimo has been passed on the CS minister and will be released this week.

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