Jailbreak inquiry ordered in St Lucia

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By Caribbean News Now Staff

CASTRIES, St Lucia (GNC) — The government of St Lucia has announced it will hold an inquiry into last weekend’s prison break in which three convicts — including two Venezuelans serving jail sentences for drug relates offences — escaped after masked men armed with automatic weapons exchanged gunfire with prison staff.

A BBC Caribbean report stated that the government said it planned to seek help from Venezuela in mounting the investigation.

Authorities in Castries have launched a massive security operation to track down the escapees and their accomplices. They have sought assistance from the Regional Security System (RSS) in the manhunt.

The $49 million Bordelais Correctional Facility was opened in 2003 and reports state that the Minister of National Security, Guy Mayers, has updated Cabinet on the weakness of the facility, which he said "that costs the St. Lucian taxpayers such a vast amount of money at the very basic level it is really a basket full of holes.”

The opposition St Lucia Labour Party is calling on government to fire Mayers over the escape.

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