Four suspected over nude pic of escapee

Four suspects have been identified in the leakage of a nude photo of recaptured convict Mark Royden Williams which was taken while he was being processed on Monday at the Camp Street Prison, Acting Prison Director Gladwin Samuels said last night.

“The investigation is active. There are suspects. [We are] working to narrow [them] down”, he told Stabroek News.

A nude photograph of Williams, with his hands handcuffed and feet shackled, was posted on Facebook on Tuesday. In the photo, Williams is seen holding a bottle of water over his privates. It is unclear when the photograph was taken.

Samuels made it clear that the photograph was intended for updating records pertaining to identification marks. Williams has countless tattoos about his body.

“That for some strange reason was not respected which resulted in the outward circulation of the restricted photo”, he said.

It was pointed out by observers that the photographing of his body should not require Williams to be in the pose that he was photographed in. The distribution of the photograph is a gross violation of the prisoner’s rights and offending of his dignity. In 2009, a boy tortured in a police station was similarly photographed, most likely by his torturers, and the photograph circulated.

Earlier in the day at a press conference hosted by the Ministry of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine while expressing his concern at the leakage of the photo made it clear that the photo was taken during Williams’ interview at the prison. He explained that once taken there, a directive was given for his clothing to be removed so that the tattoos he had about his body could have been photographed. “Some insensitive, irresponsible person decided to do just more than that”, he said, adding that Samuels has confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

Guyana Police Force Public Relations Officer Shivpersaud Bacchus, in a statement hours after the photo went viral said even though the stripping of inmates is done for identification purposes, such as to document distinguishing features like tattoos, the leaking of the photo cannot be condoned.

Bacchus said the “grossly unethical, irresponsible and insensitive” act was committed within the prison environment during the period when Williams was being processed and prior to his placement in a cell.

Williams, known as ‘Smallie,’ was intercepted and recaptured at around 8pm on Monday by the police along the Weldaad, West Coast Berbice Public Road.

The police had said that at the time he was travelling in a public minibus heading east. He was alone and unarmed.

Williams was seen as the most dangerous of the prisoners who escaped from the prison on July 9. The prison was almost gutted and a prison officer killed. He had been sentenced to death earlier in the year over the 2007 Bartica massacre.

Comments  

Chatelal forgives Yorke as loan repaid

(Trinidad Guardian)  “Dwight, I forgive you.” So stated reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal in an open letter to former T&T and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke yesterday, following the repayment of a $250,000 loan.

Exxon contract final -Harmon

The controversial Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed between the government and ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary and partners is final and will not be subject to any changes, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday.

NIS re-examining investment in Berbice Bridge, GM says

General Manager Holly Greaves yesterday said the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is re-examining its investment in the Berbice Bridge after dismal returns over the past few years.

CARICOM staffer shot, robbed after bank withdrawal

A gunman yesterday afternoon shot and robbed a senior CARICOM Secreta-riat employee after he left the Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited branch at Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), in what is the most recent attack on the bank’s customers.

President says confident in World Court cause

As Guyana celebrates 48 years as a Republic, President David Granger has reiterated his government’s intention to take the Venezuelan border controversy to the World Court and declared each citizen a protector of the nation’s sovereignty.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×