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A total of 198 inmates escaped from Mozambique’s prisons in 2017 in jailbreaks allegedly facilitated by prison warders, Attorney General Beatriz Buchili revealed on Wednesday.”We also reported incidents where a group of prisoners at the country’s maximum security prison in Maputo province tried to escape using a grenade to blow up the facility’s wall,” Buchili said while delivering an annual report to the country’s parliament.
Buchili also expressed concern over soaring cases of HIV in the prisons. He said most of the cases are spread through intravenous drug use which is rampant in overcrowded prisons across the country.
This poses a health risk to society when infected inmates are released, he said.
According to Buchili, there were 18,185 inmates by the end of 2017 against combined prison carrying capacity of 8,188 inmates.Source: APA
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