Investigation set for Buimo prison break

DESPITE having prior knowledge of a mass breakout from the Buimo prison, Papua New Guinea Corrective Services staff could not stop 68 prisoners, many convicted of violent crimes, from escaping.
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In a letter to the provincial administrator dated June 9, Buimo Correctional Institution superintendent Judy Tara said the prisoners took advantage of a gate guards had opened to allow medium-risk prisoners access to the mess, which was located in the high security compound.

The high-risk prisoners then made their way towards the guard barracks and then "dispersed into all directions" after jumping the barrack compound fence.

Tara said rainy conditions had aided their escape.

She added the duty guards had not performed their duties.

"The shift duty guards are all well aware of the detainees' plans for a mass escape, however, they failed to perform their duty diligently and thereby allowed a mass escape," she said.

"The arm post tower guard was also well positioned at the single barracks, however, he failed to shoot straight at the fleeing detainees. Instead he gave warning shots and therefore the detainees ran out in big numbers."

Tara said that the off-duty guards inside the barracks had attempted to halt the escapees but were prevented from doing so because the prisoners "threw rocks at them and the members took cover and allowed the detainees to go past".

Papua New Guinea Corrective Services is conducting an investigation into the breakout and has appealed to local businesses and the public to assist the recapture effort.

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