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Committee established to examine treatment of people in police lock-up

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 6:12 PM

The Office of the Prime Minister has announced the establishment of a Cabinet sub committee to develop a strategic response to the issue of treatment of persons in lock-ups and correctional facilities.

The Committee is to be headed by the National Security Minister and will comprise the Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, and other people.

The development follows the beating of 31-year-old construction worker, Mario Deane, at the Barnett Street Police lock-up on August 3.

He died in hospital three days later.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister says the Cabinet today received an update from Bunting on the Mario Deane incident and the short-term

measures being implemented to minimise the likelihood of a recurrence of

such incidents.

It says over the next few days, Bunting will review a revised Lock-Up Administration Policy, which he received this morning from the Acting Commissioner of Police, Glenmore Hinds.

The policy details new arrangements pertaining to the care and protection of persons in police custody and is in keeping with a directive from the Minister to the Police High Command to undertake an immediate and comprehensive review of all procedures and arrangements governing detentions.

Bunting also reportedly received from Hinds, a status report on the number of prisoners in police custody as at Friday, August 16.

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