‘Detainees kept in vehicles or officers’ homes in Atori’

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MINISTRY of Police, National Security and Correctional Service is being urged to seriously look into equipping police stations in the provinces with necessary facilities.

The call follows the current practice in Atori police station, East Malaita, in which detainees are remanded, locked inside police vehicles, or kept in the homes of police officers.

Senior Administration Officer (SAO) for Eastern Region, Malaita province, Mr Nick Martin Atu raised the concern in social media saying the practice is very risky for the officers and their families and residents of Atori.

“The police station has no any cell room to keep suspects or convicted people.

“Most of the time police use their vehicle and residential houses as cell room to custody (detain) suspects and convicts which is very risky for them and their families.

“This is very important concern and ministry or authority responsible should not take it light, but to act and seriously so something before risk might happen in future,” Atu said.

On that note, he raised concern regarding the condition of Atori Court House which has been neglected for years.

Atu pointed out the matter calling for the rebuilding of Atori court house.

Atu said Atori court house “is very old and in a deteriorated stage” that needs to be demolished and rebuilt.

Meanwhile, Atu acknowledged Auki magistrate for facilitating the court circuit to Atori to deal with cases within East Region to support Atori police in their work.