By Jack Lapauve Jr, EMTV – Port Moresby
The lack of urgency by constitutional offices in carrying out processes in convicting prisoners has angered Opposition Leader, Don Polye.
Polye said if these processes were followed and implemented correctly by law and order agencies, prisons around the country would not be overcrowded.
“If constitutional offices are doing their part for remandees to face trial, our jails will not face overcrowding,” Polye said.
“The government can be partly blamed for not expanding our jail institutions as well,” Polye added.
The opposition leader made these remarks following the recent jail breakout at Lae’s Buimo Prison, and the shooting of escapees.
Former Attorney General and Justice Minister Kerenga Kua said the wheels of justice must take their course to deal with the increasing number of remandees in prisons around the country.
Meanwhile, Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, has called for a swift investigation into the shooting of escapees at Buimo Prison.
“Authorities must carry out a swift investigation so [the] rights of remandees and those killed be given justice,” Kouza said.