Human Rights Ombudsman Rails Against Corruption At David Public Prison in Chiriqui
Thursday, February 28 2013 @ 07:57 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Ombudsman blasted against the officials who work at this prison, stating there is a high degree of human rights violations and corruption by the staff working there.
"Whoever does not pay (bribes) for their items to enter, does not enter. The public jail in David is the worst in the country. These people do not just suffer from the heat but rather they are suffocating. The inhuman conditions in which they live is a shame for a prison system that has given them several million dollars," she said.
In response, Ismael Flores, the Warden of the Prison, said they are dealing with a building that has collapsed, and during his administration they have improved conditions.
"If the Ombudsman has the evidence of corruption against me or my officials she should present them. I understand she is doing her job, but she just listened to and then repeated what was being said by the detainees," said Flores.
The Ombudsman called on the Government, because the conditions in the prison found across the country are a shame, and this is becoming a situation that puts the State of Panama with a very high degree of violation of human rights.
There are 1,037 detainees in the public prison in David. (Critica)
Editor's Comment: And if William Dathan "Wild Bill" Holbert pays enough in bribes, then he can have a cell phone with an Internet connection which he uses to update his Facebook page. Agreed. Corruption at that prison is rampant. Holbert posted photos of his jail house buddies drinking bottles of Seco in the open during visitation sessions, among other things. I would like to see the government of Panama conduct a sting operation which results in the arrest of all of these corrupt officials.