Central Prison director Anna Aristotelous on Thursday expressed regret that the Attorney General’s Office had appointed a top team to investigate the operations of the prison before the inquiry into her own police corruption accusations was concluded.
Aristotelous has publicly alleged that a senior police officer was using a convict in an effort to collect compromising information against her.
She had not reported the case to the police but instead went to the Attorney General and the Justice Minister, explaining that the police cannot investigate themselves.
However, before an ordered independent inquiry into her allegations was completed the Law Office announced on Wednesday that a top team had been appointed by them amid a whirlwind of allegations that drugs and mobile phones are widely used by inmates.
The decision was announced hours only after a ringleader who is serving several life sentences was sentenced to another one for organizing two murder attempts – among other charges – despite being behind bars.
Testimonies had also been made to police of mobile phone use by convicts, along with recent reports which claimed that drug use is rampant.
The appointed special team is made up of a former supreme court judge, former police officers and members of the independent police watchdog and has three months to issue their report.