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‘Possible Collusion’ In Prison Break Out

‘Possible Collusion’ In Prison Break Out
Naboro Maximum Security Prison
December 25
11:22 2018

Initial investigations undertaken by the Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) regarding the escape of seven inmates from the Naboro Maximum Centre point towards a possible “collusion” with some Corrections officers.

Deputy Commissioner Corrections Senior Superintendent Apimeleki Taukei said: “We are continuing with our internal investigations and it is leading us towards a collusion between serving officers (Corrections officers on duty) at the Maximum Correction Centre and the escapees.”

All seven hardened criminals who escaped from Naboro Maximum corrections facility had been recaptured by last night. They escaped in the early hours of yesterday but quick action by the Corrections officers led to the recapture of four escapees within hours of the escape.

Four escapees recaptured are Ulaiasi Qalomai, Filipe Delana, Mesulame Waqabaca and Josaia Usumaki. Qalomai and Delana were recaptured by Corrections officers in bushes of Wainadoi. The two inmates were serving prison sentences for aggravated robbery. Delana is serving 10 years for aggravated robbery while Qalomai was sentenced to eight years and nine months in 2014 with a non-parole term of seven years, also for aggravated robbery.

Usumaki was also captured in Wainadoi by Corrections officers. Usumaki who was jailed for aggravated robbery had escaped from prison previously. His last escape was September 17, 2012.

Waqabaca was captured by the Corrections officers near Vunisoco Bible College, also hiding in the bushes. He was serving 14 years in prison for murder.

An officer of the Fiji Corrections Service monitors checkpoint on December 24, 2018, along Queens Road to track down the remaining prison escapees. Photo: Simione Haravanua

An officer of the Fiji Corrections Service monitors checkpoint on December 24, 2018, along Queens Road to track down the remaining prison escapees. Photo: Simione Haravanua

How did they escape?

Senior Police sources who are familiar with the investigations described the elaborate escape plan of the seven.

The inmates tore apart the bedcover of their mattresses. After this, they plaited strong ropes out of it, which they used to scale the walls.

The top of the walls around the corrections facility have barbed wires with razors. To cushion themselves from being cut by the barbed wires, the inmates used flip flops. They tied flip flops to their arms and legs and other exposed areas which could easily be scratched by the barbed wires.

Once they secured their exposed body parts with flip flops, they cut through the grills, and made the run to the roof of the building adjacent to the wall. Using the ropes plaited by the inmates out of the mattress covers, they scaled down the wall and made a run for it.

Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho is again warning the public that harbouring criminals is a crime and anyone found assisting the escapees will also face the full brunt of the law.

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Final 3 recaptured:

They are:

Solomoni Qurai – who was serving a life sentence for murder. Qurai and Usumaki had previously escaped from prison in September 17, 2012. The two were serving jail terms also related to the daring daylight robbery at the Bank South Pacific a few days after their escape in 2012;

Bainivalu Tuimatavesi was jailed for 10 years for aggravated robbery in 2016. He was also serving time for escaping from lawful custody previously; and

Peniasi Qalibau who was in prison for aggravated robbery.

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Edited by Naisa Koroi

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