Contrary to police reports, it appears as if there are eight prisoners on the run.
President David Granger told reporters moments ago that officials have told him that they are unable to account for eight of the Camp Street inmates who escaped on Sunday evening.
The President along with other Cabinet members toured the remains of the Camp Street penitentiary which was flattened by fire on Sunday.
Authorities are mum on the number of prisoners who have escaped. When pressed on the issue, the Commander in Chief revealed that he was informed that only eight are unaccounted for.
The President also told the media that government will soon begin the process of rebuilding a prison. However, he did not say where. According to him, government will have to determine whether they should rebuild a prison at Camp Street or at another location.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had previously noted that the Camp Street location holds the best foundation to rebuild such a facility. This opposes the recommendations in the 2015 prison Commission of Inquiry which suggested that a prison be rebuilt out of Georgetown.
Ramjattan had assessed that it would cost $6B to rebuild a prison and that it would take three years to do so.
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