Published On: Sat, Dec 27th, 2014

Heavily armed soldiers guard prison

curacao2WILLEMSTAD - Heavily armed soldiers have been guarding the Sentro di Dentenshon i Korekshon Korsou (Curaçao prison) since Friday. They have closed off the area near the prison and have been guarding the roads in three different places.

All activities around Christmas had been canceled. The Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro would have asked for military assistance. The Netherlands has fulfilled that request.

What exactly is going on, is still unclear. The soldiers are heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests and balaclavas. Access roads are closed and the area of the complex is lined with barbed wire. A helicopter is on the prison grounds.

Last Monday, all cells in the prison were searched after a plan for a jailbreak leaked. Mobile phones have been found, also drugs, anabolic steroids and homemade weapons. A portion of the bars had been sawn through in two of the cells.

In May, four major criminals escaped from the prison.

Photo credit: John van der Tol

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