5 Jun 2007

Probe into prisoner abuse at jail in PNG's East New Britain

3:11 pm on 5 June 2007

A Papua New Guinea national court has ordered an investigation into alleged abuse of prisoners by correctional officers in Kerevat jail in East New Britain province.

The newspaper, The National, reports that officers allegedly abused and beat up prisoners at least on two separate occasions recently and prevented them from receiving medical treatment.

On one of those occasions, the prison officials were allegedly drunk and beat up a prisoner with disability, damaging his artificial leg.

These alleged abuses have come to the notice of the National Court and a judge has ordered an investigation into the alleged abuse and assault of the prisoners.

Justice Mark Sevua has ordered the investigation and medical examination of the prisoners involved.

He warned acting jail commander John Poris and the medical superintendent of Nonga Hospital, Dr Raphael Malien, that they would be arrested and charged if the court's instructions were not carried out.