“The number of female inmates in the prison was 230, 145 of whom managed to escape,” the head of Haiti’s prison administration, Pierre-René Francois, told AFP.“.
The Inspector General added, “Out of the 145 female escapees, three were arrested, while a fourth died. She was suffering from breathing difficulties due to asthma.”“.
He explained that a policeman was killed and three others were wounded during the escape.
The prison is located in the town of Cabaret on the western coast of Haiti in the northern suburbs of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
The official quoted the preliminary results of the investigation as saying that one of the guards “committed a folly by opening the detention complex while the number of guards was scarce.”“.
He added, “As a result, the prisoners threw themselves at the guards, took control of them and managed to escape.”“.
Regarding the circumstances of the policeman’s death and the wounding of his three companions, the official said that these policemen were in a security center located near the prison, and armed men attacked him to prevent the policemen from regaining control of the prison..
The official attributed the delay in reporting this escape to the mysterious circumstances of this attack.
Mass prison breaks are not uncommon in Haiti, as the country mired in chaos also suffers from rampant corruption and institutional decay, factors that greatly facilitate such escapes.
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