7 prisoners get proper licking …”PLANS TO SUE THE STATE”

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Seven prisoners who received a proper licking on Tuesday, plan to take legal action against the State.

They are Shakiel Rogers, Shaquille Isaac, Nickel Rennie, Kernell Rousseau, Gregory Goodridge, Willis Toussaint and Daren Romeo.

Attorney Gerald Ramdeen has been hired by seven prisoners to seek legal redress for beatings they suffered during a lock down and search of the Port of Spain State Prison on Tuesday. These prisoners were taken to hospital for medical attention.

Relatives of the inmates contacted Ramdeen, who sought permission from prison authorities to gain access to his clients to record statements and photograph injuries which, they claim, they got from being kicked, cuffed and slapped by prison officers, some masked, during the lock down.

Images of the prisoners being beaten were recorded by inmates using cell phones and later uploaded to social media. In one video, a prisons officer is seen kicking and stamping on the inmates.

Ramdeen added, “This is another example of the unfortunate state of the administration of our prisons.

Incidents such as these occurred in 2006, 2011 and 2015 and, in all of these incidents, the State had to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages to inmates.

“When incidents like these occur it fuels an environment of continued violence and a deterioration in the relationship between prisons officers and inmates. It does not augur well for the administration of our prisons and for the rehabilitation of inmates held there.”

During the lock down, marijuana, packets of cigarettes and wrapping paper used to make ganja joints, were found in a locker assigned to a prison officer.

The lock down of the prison on Tuesday came after rumours circulated that an attempt was made to free Rajaee Ali, one of the men charged with the murder of Dana Seetahal SC, on May 4, 2014 at Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook.

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