Injuries to inmates 'not fully explained'

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 January, 1999, 12:00am

Some of the injuries sustained by inmates at a Lantau prison in a clash with warders were left unexplained by a report on the incident released yesterday, a legislator said.

The full inquiry report was released after a police investigation concluded no criminal charges would be brought against any Correctional Services officers involved in the Ma Po Ping prison disturbance.

More than 70 prisoners filed complaints that excessive force was used when warders tried to separate inmates to stop a fight breaking out on July 27. Two officers and 19 inmates were injured.

The report was given to the Legco security panel yesterday.

It said: 'There was no evidence to support that the management level of Ma Po Ping Prison had condoned the use of unnecessary force.' But it found a prima facie case that undue force had been used on three prisoners by a staff member who would face a disciplinary hearing.

Legislator and chairman of the security panel James To Kun-sun said some prisoners' injuries were unexplained. 'While the inquiry board found the injuries did not match the inmates' allegations, they did not match the stories of the Correctional Services officers either.'