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Prisoners Missing from Prison During Minister’s Second Surprise Visit


Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj


On Sunday April 7, 2013, Manuel Mallia, Malta’s Minister of Home Affairs made a surprise visit to the Corradino Correctional Facility.

Thanks to my fellow blogger Andrew Azzopardi, I came across the following hilarious article “Prisoners missing from prison during Minister’s second surprise visit” by Karl Stennienibarra posted on April 9, 2013, at bisserjeta.com.

Prisoners’ rights NGO Mid-Dlam Ghad-Dawl (MDD) director George Busuttil
Prisoners’ rights NGO Mid-Dlam Ghad-Dawl (MDD) director George Busuttil

Apparently, this post looks like a sequel to the article “Total system failure | George Busuttil” by Raphael Vassallo published in maltatoday on February 13, 2012 where, as prisoner’s right NGO Mid-Dlam Ghad-Dawl approaches its 17th anniversary, its director George Busuttil vents his frustration at an apparent total breakdown of the prison system.


Prisoners Missing from Prison During Minister’s Second Surprise Visit

By Karl Stennienibarra

Manuel Mallia, Home Affairs Minister of Malta
Manuel Mallia, Home Affairs Minister of Malta

Home Affairs minister Manwel Mallia returned to Corradino prison for a second surprise visit this morning, only to find that this time it was the prisoners who were missing, as well as the guards.

Corradino Correctional Facility, Paola, Malta
Corradino Correctional Facility, Paola, Malta

After yesterday’s unscheduled visit to the prison, Dr Mallia realized that he had forgotten his briefcase. However, upon returning to prison, the only person who was there to greet him was an elderly cleaner.

“I expect the prisoners will be at the band club for early morning tea and pastizzi,” the janitor told the Minister.

The janitor explained to Dr Mallia that after breakfast on Tuesdays, the inmates liked to go unaccompanied to Birgu flea market for a stroll. After that, they liked to go their separate ways and do their own thing, such as loitering outside schools, borrowing cars and saying hello to witnesses who testified against them.

The younger, faster ones tended not to come back.

“I told Dr Mallia that if he was going to wait for them he might as well help himself to some drugs. He looked like he could use a joint.”

During yesterday’s surprise visit, Dr Mallia discovered that prison guards who were meant to be working until 9pm went home as early as 1pm.

Before handing in his resignation, prison director Abraham Zammit attempted to explain the situation.

“The prison guards are required by their wives to return home every afternoon to sign the bail book. They are very strict about this and who am I to get in the way of household law?” Mr Zammit said.



The Prison

By Max Lucado

Near the city of Sao Jose dos CamposBrazil, is a remarkable facility. Twenty years ago the Brazilian government turned a prison over to two Christians. The institution was renamed Humaita, and the plan was to run it on Christian principles. With the exception of two full-time staff, all the work is done by inmates. Families outside the prison adopt an inmate to work with during and after his term. Chuck Colson visited the prison and made this report:

Charles Colson

‘When I visited Humaita I found the inmates smiling- particularly the murderer who held the keys, opened the gates and let me in. Wherever I walked I saw men at peace. I saw clean living areas, people working industriously. The walls were decorated with Biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs…My guide escorted me to the notorious prison cell once used for torture.

Today, he told me, that block houses only a single inmate. As we reached the end of a long concrete corridor and he put the key in the lock, he paused and asked, “Are you sure you want to go in?”

“Of course,” I replied impatiently, “I’ve been in isolation cells all over the world.” Slowly he swung open the massive door, and I saw the prisoner in that punishment cell: a crucifix beautifully carved by the Humaita inmates-the prisoner Jesus, hanging on a cross.

“He’s doing time for the rest of us,” my guide said softly.'”

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Work continues at Kundakulam Nuclear plant as does police crackdown on protesters


KoodankulamNuclear Power Project site, commissioning expected by the end of May

Jeemon Jacob
Thiruvanthapuram, 2 nd April 2012

Work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project site continues to be on a fast track, and according to sources the plant will be ready to commission within eight weeks. According to an official working at Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project site, the commissioning of the plant is expected by the end of May. Scientists and officials had reviewed the progress of the project last week. “Our scientists and technicians are working over time and we will be able to complete the project in time,” said the official who wished to remain anonymous.

Meanwhile, the government crackdown on anti-nuke protesters continues. The Madurai Passport Officer has directed PMANE convener Dr SP Udayakumar to surrender his passport as a criminal case is pending against him. On Friday 30 March, officials from the intelligence bureau…

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