BVI prisoners arrive in St Lucia

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Seven so-called “high risk” prisoners from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have arrived in St Lucia to continue serving their sentences at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) under an agreement reached between the two countries following Hurricane Irma late last month.

The group arrived Monday at Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) on a Royal Air Force Airbus and was transported under heavily armed guard to the BCF.

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, had earlier announced that government had agreed to temporarily house prisoners from the BVI, after the prison there was severely damaged during the hurricane. The BCF has sought to allay public fears about the presence of the foreign prisoners indicating that special arrangements have been in place to secure the visitors.

BCF programmes manager, Virginia Lesmond-Joseph, told reporters Monday evening that the BVI inmates will be separated from the general population.

“Our capacity is supposed to be 500 but presently we are at our lowest,” Lesmond-Joseph said.

All 150 inmates escaped after the BVI facility was damaged by Hurricane Irma on September 6, but most were recaptured and some returned on their own.

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