Thursday, October 29, 2020

Inquest on death of a Zimbabwean prisoner

An inquest will be conducted to investigate the death of a Zimbabwean man who was allegedly shot and killed whilst he and two others were trying to escape from Selibe Phikwe Prison last year.

This was said by the Botswana Police Service Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Dipheko Motube.

“I can confirm that there will be an inquest into the death of the Zimbabwean prisoner on a date still to be set,” said Motube.

One of the prisoners was re-arrested whilst the third prisoner is still at large. The three were serving various prison sentences for criminal activities in Botswana. The prisoner still at large is believed to have fled to his home country.

Meanwhile, the Department of Prisons and Rehabilitation’s Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintendent Wamorena Ramolefhe, said that they had also carried out internal investigations into the matter. He declined to say what their findings were but confirmed that the officer involved was back at work.

An illegal Zimbabwean immigrant last year hanged himself in police cells whilst awaiting deportation to Zimbabwe. His family later claimed his corpse.

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