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At least 600 inmates screened in L State prison

By Mabor Riak

Authorities in Lakes State have confirmed that 600 inmates from different cases were screened out in prison.

Over the weekend, the committee confirmed to media that 120 remands out of total number of 672 convicted inmates in Rumbek prison were screened on Saturday.The technical committee comprised of nine members from special court judges, attorney generals, and minister of parliamentary and legal affairs in Lakes State.

Speaking to Juba Monitor yesterday, the Minister of Parliamentary and Legal Affairs in Lakes State, John Thon Kuat said that the committee had started their works to separate and trials all the cases in order to reduce the overcrowding of inmates in Rumbek prison.

“There is overcrowding of inmates, but the number of minor crime cases is very high than murder cases. The purpose of conducting a screening is to separate all the cases,”

He added that some cases needed to be referred to County , Payam and Boma levels while some cases would remain in the special court because the reason of conducting the screening was to reform the judiciary system and to speedy the trial of cases.

Kuat revealed that all civilian cases which were related to arrest should be referred to Rumbek main prison after police investigation and trials by the special court.

“The committee have confirmed a number of 100 cases which are part of their special court from Rumbek prison and the rest are people who have been convicted and are serving a jail terms in Rumbek prison,” he said.

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