Sick prisoners pulled out of hospitals in PNG

10:59 am on 13 January 2018
Bomana prison, PNG

Bomana prison, PNG Photo: Supplied

Prisoners receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Papua New Guinea's capital have been returned to jail after a directive from the prime minister.

Peter O'Neill called for a cancellation of all 'Leave of Absences' for prisoners after reports rich inmates were paying people to manipulate the provisions so they could spend time outside of prison.

PNG Loop reported prisoners on medical leave were removed from hospitals in Port Moresby this week and returned to the Bomana Correctional facility.

It says all existing leave of absences for prisoners have been cancelled and a halt has been placed on future applications.

Meanwhile, the Post Courier reports prison wardens calling for an independent probe into the allegations of payments.

It says the wardens believe an internal investigation will not result in any action as evidence uncovered so far suggests the involvement of high ranking prison officials.