172 in­mates es­cape Haiti prison, 2 dead

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AT least 172 in­mates es­caped a Haitian prison near the cap­i­tal Por­tau-Prince dur­ing an armed mutiny, killing one guard and many es­cap­ing with po­lice weapons, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

Le Nou­vel­liste news­pa­per quoted Arcahaie prison man­ager Heurtelou Paul Col­son as say­ing a guard was shot dead and two other po­lice of­fi­cers were wounded.

One pris­oner climbed over a wall and fell to his death, while two other de­tainees were wounded and are in hos­pi­tal.

The prison war­den told Le Nou­vel­liste that Yvener Care­lus, who was serv­ing time for kid­nap­ping, was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the es­cape. He was ar­rested.

“He planned the es­cape from the in­side with a few ac­com­plices. But he him­self failed to get away,” Jus­tice Min­is­ter Camille Edouard Ju­nior told the news­pa­per, adding that se­cu­rity was be­ing boosted at prisons across the coun­try.

Hu­man rights ac­tivist Pierre Esper­ance noted that the prison had housed “a lot of big-name pris­on­ers, ma­jor crim­i­nals sen­tenced for theft, rape, kid­nap­ping, drug traf­fick­ing and other se­ri­ous crimes”.

Au­thor­i­ties have launched a manhunt for the es­capees, with po­lice check­ing all roads in the Ar­cadins coastal zone near Arcahaie prison.

“The govern­ment strongly con­demns the in­ci­dents that took place at Arcahaie prison, tar­geted in a mutiny by heav­ily armed in­di­vid­u­als,” the of­fice of In­terim Prime Min­is­ter Enex Jean-Charles, who also serves as de­fence min­is­ter, said in a state­ment.

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