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Warders being targeted, says Franklyn

Warders being targeted, says Franklyn
Opposition Senator Caswell Franklin (FILE)

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Three warders employed by the Barbados Prison Service who were publicly asked to report to the Dodds Prison to be part of a mandatory testing regime are now seeking legal advice on how the matter was handled.

During a national televised press conference on Friday, Minister of Home Affairs Wilfred Abrahams, had asked the three men to report to their boss, Superintendent of Prisons Lieutenant Colonel John Nurse, as a matter of urgency.

Trade Unionist, Opposition Senator Caswell Franklin today claimed the men, Nigel Hall, Dave Best, and Paul Outram, were being targeted by prison authorities, but had done nothing wrong.

“There is more in the mortar than the pestle. All three are persons who have the Superintendent and the Government before the court for issues going on inside the prison. This was done to embarrass these people. These are not villains who are trying to evade the law and avoid being tested,” he claimed yesterday.

During a zoom press conference called today by Franklyn to clear the air, the head of the Unity Workers Union revealed all three men went to the Winston Scott Polyclinic to have COVID-19 tests done even before Government revealed a Boxing Day bus crawl organised by prison warders and attended by many employees of the Prison Service had turned into the country’s first super spreader event.

He said the men are in quarantine at a hotel, but feared for their personal safety. (BA)