Minister must resign if prison deaths left unaddressed – PN

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Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri should resign if he is unable to guarantee the safety of inmates at the Corradino Correctional Facility, the Nationalist Party said in the wake of the latest death which took place within the prison walls.

57-year-old Reno Mifsud, who was awaiting extradition to the US over charges that he molested two young boys in 1986 and 1987, was found dead in his cell in an apparent suicide on Monday.

Only two days prior, another inmate was found dead in his cell: the authorities reported that the death of the 45-year-old was due to natural causes. Ten inmates were reported to have died in custody over 2 and a half years.

 In a statement, the PN’s home affairs spokesman Beppe Fenech Adami insisted that under a Labour government, “instead of a place for reform, our prison has become a place where fear reigns supreme and where lives are lost.” He said that Mifsud’s death could have been avoided had effective systems been in place.

Fenech Adami insisted that Camilleri must answer for what had happened.

“Instead of hiding behind inquiries and statements, he should assure the public that this situation of frequent deaths will be addressed once and for all properly,” the MP said.

“If Byron Camilleri is unable to provide this assurance, he has no other option but to resign.”