28 May 2014

Tahiti jail confirms two suicides

1:56 pm on 28 May 2014

Prison authorities in French Polynesia say two inmates at Tahiti's Nuutania prison have committed suicide.

One death was reported at the beginning of this week when the man accused of raping a German tourist on Rurutu killed himself.

Making this public, the authorities now say another inmate had committed suicide a few days earlier.

The jail was built for 165 prisoners but now houses more than 400.

Hundreds more condemned to doing time are free while waiting to serve their sentence.

A further 60 carry electronic bracelets.