COVID-19: Riot breaks out in North Sulawesi prison amid virus fears

first_img“The inmates have been on edge because of COVID-19. We released 115 convicts yesterday, while the remaining 435 inmates were to stay in prison,” Lumaksono said.““These remaining inmates had also asked for parole because they were scared of [the pandemic].”Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia releases more than 5,500 inmates, plans to free 50,000As of Sunday, North Sulawesi had recorded at least 17 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths caused by the disease. A riot broke out at Manado Penitentiary in North Sulawesi, allegedly triggered by visitation restrictions and early release of inmates amid COVID-19 concerns, culminating in a massive fire that razed parts of the prison complex on Saturday afternoon.A propane tank inside the prison appeared to have been ruptured by an as-yet-unidentified party at around 4:30 p.m. local time, resulting in the blaze that went on to damage some of the building’s vital infrastructures. Several areas in the correctional facility were still on fire hours later at 8:30 p.m.Lumaksono, the head of the Law and Human Rights Ministry office in North Sulawesi, confirmed that a riot had taken place at the penitentiary. Prison warden Sulistyo Ariwibowo remained tight-lipped as to what caused the unrest. Other members of the local police force who were at the scene to apprehend those involved in the riot are also yet to have any conclusive answer.“We have yet to learn the exact cause [of the incident]. Right now, members of the local police force and mobile brigade are securing the premises,” said Manado Police chief Sr. Comr. Benny Bawensel.Rumors have since circulated that the riot was incited by a number of drug convicts who had been complaining about the alleged restriction of their visitation privileges. The prison management had purportedly limited prison visits to prevent the distribution of illicit drugs in the building.Speculation was also rife that the incident was triggered by several inmates who envied their fellow inmates who were granted early release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining inmates had reportedly thrown rocks at a number of prison guards to convey their disappointment.Read also: Jokowi against releasing graft convicts amid COVID-19 pandemicNorth Sulawesi Police chief Sr. Comr. Jules Abast said the police had cooperated with the prison management to investigate the cause of the unrest. Police personnel had since regained control of the building, according to him.“The situation has returned [to normal],” Jules said, adding that around 400 inmates had been accounted for following the riot.He went on to say that several inmates and police personnel who sustained injuries during the conflict had also been evacuated.Parts of the prison that were damaged in the fire included cell blocks for graft and drug convicts, a polyclinic, cafeteria, and workshop, acting director general of corrections at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, Nugroho, said.Hundreds of the remaining inmates had since been transferred to several other correctional facilities across North Sulawesi, he said.“As many as 137 inmates have been transferred to other facilities across the province – 32 were transferred to Bitung Penitentiary, 34 to Tondano Penitentiary, 30 to Amurang Penitentiary, and 41 to the North Sulawesi Police headquarters,” Nugroho said in a statement on Sunday, adding that there were currently 295 remaining inmates at Manado Penitentiary.Tejo Harwanto, the directorate general’s order and security division head, went on to say that 41 inmates – including 18 suspects – had been apprehended.“We will further question them,” Tejo said. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Leicester extend five-point lead at top of the table

first_imgAn overhead finish from Japanese international Shinji Okazaki was enough for the Foxes to claim a nervy 1-0 win over Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium.Later tonight, there’s another two Champions League quarter-final spots down for decision.Man City will be expected to secure their progress as they resume with a 3-1 first-leg lead and home advantage tonight over Dynamo Kiev at Eastlands. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid and PSV Eindhoven are still deadlocked on nil-all as they resume their last-16 tie in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: April 20, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Travis Brister, born in 1980, of Haysville was charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor.Brister is accused on Oct. 10, 2013 of depriving the Kansas Star Casino of stealing $54 in cash while working as a bartender by not ringing up drinks then putting the purchase money into his tip money on about 10 different transactions.•••••Jacob Martin, born in 1985, of Wichita was charged with making false information, a level 8 felony; identity theft, a level 8 felony; identity fraud, a level 8 felony; and unlawful use of driver’s license, a Class A misdemeanor.Martin is accused of misleading officials on a VIP Preferred Check Cashing Enrollment form on April 21 at the Kansas Star Casino in hopes of obtaining a VIP check cashing card. In doing so, Martin allegedly falsely stated his name as someone else. He also allegedly used a Bank of America MasterCard and a check belonging from the person’s checking account. He is also accused of using a driver’s license which was altered to display a photo of Martin instead of the other person.•••••John Hardgraves, born in 1962, of Belle Plaine was charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor.Hardgraves is accused of grabbing another household member by the throat on April 17 and allegedly damaging a chair and glass container valued less than $1,000 during an argument.•••••Dee Anna Greyeagle, born in 1986, of Morton, Minn. was charged with failure to pay toll, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor or no driver’s license in possession, an unclassified misdemeanor; and theft, a level 9 felony.Greyeagle is accused of on April 16 of exiting at the South Toll Plaza in Sumner County by refusing to pay the toll in a 2004 Silver Pontiac Grand Prix bearing a Minnesota tag. After being apprehended, it was discovered she did not have a proper driver’s license. It was then discovered that another woman in Minnesota had reported on April 16 that Greyeagle had been with her the night before. When she awoke both Greyeagle and the vehicle were gone.•••••Prince Ellis, born in 1991, of Wichita was charged with unlawful use of driver’s license, a Class B misdemeanor.Ellis is accused of on Jan. 26 at the Kansas Star Casino, of displaying a driver’s license issued to another person as if it were his own driver’s license in an attempt to gain admission into the casino.•••••Bradly Potucek, born in 1989, of Belle Plaine was charged with driving on the right side of the roadway; driving while suspended; driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, third conviction in 10 years; and attempted interference with law enforcement officer. Courtney Cody, born in 1987, of Wellington was charged with permitting unauthorized person to drive, a misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor; and interference with law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.On April 5, Cody is accused of permitting a motor vehicle on a public road operated by Bradley David Potucek, who was not the holder of a valid driver’s license and obstructing a sheriff’s deputy by refusing to be quiet and letting the deputy proceed with his investigation, The complaint said Cody angrily addressed profanity at him and was physical while she was being placed under arrest and being handcuffed.••••• Edwood Osborne, born in 1995, of Wellington was charged with either possession of marijuana with intent to distribute 25 to 450 grams, a level 3 drug felony or possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia.Osborne is accused of obtaining 46 grams of marijuana in six small baggies in the rear seat of the vehicle he was riding in.last_img read more