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Sierra Leone News: No vehicle for Port Loko Prison says Correctional Manager

The Correctional Manager of the Port Loko Correctional Center, Superintendent Rudolph E. George has said the facility is without vehicle to convey inmates for court trials.
He was speaking on Monday to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone during a monitoring visit to the Correctional Center to ascertain whether there was prison reform and respect for prisoner’s fundamental human rights. The Manager said because there was no vehicle, inmates that had to attend court sittings outside Port Loko town do so on a monthly basis.
Superintendent Rudolph further said for those inmates that would attend court in the township, they had to walk for a distance of about 300 meters “ and this is a security threat and those that will have to appear court in other towns, a vehicle is sent from Makeni to convey them” he elaborated. The Port Loko Correctional Center holds about 158 inmates from Kambia, Lungi, Masiaka, Port Loko and Lunsar.
He further stated that the High Court have not sat for close to a year and those who were facing trials at the High Court have not been tried for that period and there were those waiting for their indictments to appear before a High Court Judge. “One of the main causes for prolonged trial is that the judge was not coming for trials because of the Ebola cases in Port Loko. That has made some inmates to stay over a year awaiting trial” he explained.
One sector where eminent human rights violations frequently occur is the Correctional Service Center (Prison) which is a strategic component in the administration of justice. It is against this backdrop that the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone regularly undertakes monitoring visits in order to ensure compliance with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for persons in detention facilities.
Wednesday June 10, 2015

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