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Trinidad authorities correct prison lockdown speculation

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 2:26 AM

The Commissioner of Prisons in Trinidad and Tobago, Sterling Stewart yesterday dismissed speculation that a lockdown of the Port of Spain prison on Sunday was an attempt to prevent a breakout by inmates.

In a statement, Stewart said the lockdown dubbed “Operation Clean Sweep” was suggested by the National Security Minister in an effort to sanitise the Port of Spain Prison.

Local media had reported that the search of the prison was carried out because guns and grenades had been smuggled into the prison to facilitate a Carnival weekend escape by three gang leaders, one of whom is on a murder charge.

However, Stewart denied these claims stating that the operation was carried out in an effort to restore a sense of security among staff and to fulfil his office's mandate to protect the society.

Stewart also dismissed claims that the inmates were treated inhumanely and their property destroyed.