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(Demerara Waves) More than 180 of the just over 1,000 prisoners, who have been dislocated by a fire at the Georgetown Prison, were Monday sent to other prisons, Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels said.

Samuels said 188 inmates, including those sent on their own recognisance by magistrates, were removed from the Lusignan holding facility and the exercise would continue on Tuesday.

Demerara Waves Online News was told by other sources that 150 inmates were expected to be transported to the Mazaruni Prison.

Samuels said the count of the number of inmates has since been revised downward from the first number of 1,018, but he declined to say what is the new figure. “No, I will not disclose to you how much I am not accounting for, It’s not many,” he told Demerara Waves Online News. Of the 1,018 inmates originally mentioned, five have escaped from custody.

Fire fighters were up to Monday afternoon combing the debris at the Georgetown Prison to ascertain whether anyone perished by burning.

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