Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou yesterday said that he is expecting the results of a criminal investigation into the current Nicosia Central Prisons fiasco to be finalised within the next two months.
Nicolaou met with members of the Supreme Court yesterday informing the judges that no stone will be left unturned and that a criminal investigation – which is already underway – is expected to be finished by the middle of March. A separate disciplinary inquiry headed by two lawyers, into the recent events is also underway and is expected to be complete within 30 days.
Earlier this week, Deputy Central Prison Governor George Tryphonides resigned from his post following a spate of inmate suicides that has refocused attention on conditions inside the country's lone correctional facility.
“We have already introduced some sweeping changes to the prison system which include new wings and better patrols within the compound,” Nicolaou said.
One of the wings – which will be ready in 15 days – will be used for inmates diagnosed with psychological problems. He added that another wing will also be placed under maximum security at Athalassa Mental Hospital for inmates with severe mental illness.
He went on to say that no stone will be left unturned in terms of the investigations into the recent tragic events. “If anything is uncovered against the former deputy prison governor, then every appropriate course of action will be taken”.