24 Jan 2018

Samoa prisoners lose weekend privileges

5:12 pm on 24 January 2018

Inmates at Samoa's prison have lost weekend leave privileges following a spate of escapes.

Some people jailed for low-level offences had previously been allowed to go for home visits on Saturday, before returning on Monday afternoons.

But Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi last week called for the privileges to be revoked after the spate of escapes.

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi conducting his weekly radio address.

Tuilaepa is demanding higher standards from prison authorities Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

He also called for guards to improve their fitness so they can chase after them.

Now, prisoners will only be released for hospital appointments or to attend funerals, where they will accompanied by a police officer.