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2 PRISONERS REPATRIATED TO BVI

Two more prisoners from the British Virgin Islands who were housed at the Bordelais Correctional Facility have been returned to their homeland.

This follows the departure of one of the prisoners from the Turks and Caicos Islands last week, bringing the number of prisoners repatriated to three, thus far.

Sources tell News4orce that the detainees were repatriated after being placed on remand following successful appeals in the courts in their native lands in the connection with their respective cases.

Given strict airport security restrictions, News4orce cameras caught a glimpse of the prisoners from afar as they boarded a chartered flight bound for the BVI.

The cost of the travel is reportedly borne by the British authorities.

Last year, Saint Lucia agreed to temporarily house inmates from the British Virgin Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands after hurricanes Maria and Irma damaged the main prison facilities in these respective territories.

By December of 2017, 24 high-risk prisoners, were transferred to Bordelais.

Some of these inmates were reportedly convicted of a wide range of serious offences including murder, attempted murder, and illegal possession of firearms.

National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis in a sit-down with News4orce last week reiterated that Saint Lucia will be reimbursed for the costs incurred during the prisoners stay at the Bordelais Correctional Facility.

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