Tuesday 31st January, 2017
HONORABLE SPEAKER MR. PATRICK GEORGES PILLAY VISITS PRISONERS ON MARIE-LOUISE ISLAND
The Honorable Speaker of the National Assembly of Seychelles, Hon. Patrick Georges Pillay visited Marie-Louise Island which has a Prison Division, on Monday 31st January 2017, courtesy of President Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, and Minister Mitzy Larue.
The Honorable Speaker was accompanied by members of the Speaker’s Secretariat which included Mr. Daniel Cesar – Special Advisor, Administration and Human Resources Manager Ms. Jelline Quatre, and Mr. Paul Riaze who is responsible for Public Relations, Communication and Protocol.
The Prison delegation included Deputy Superintendent of Seychelles Prison Service, Mr. Samy Guislain, Chief Inspector Mr. Daniel Dogley, and Sergeant Mr. Roland Naya. The delegation toured and visited the island, especially the establishments where prisoners are being held.
This was followed by a general meeting with the prisoners and the delegation, then individual meetings between the prisoners and the Honorable Speaker.
The prisoners have expressed a number of concerns as to their wellbeing, treatment, and program of rehabilitation.
The prisoners also expressed their gratitude for the visit, and presented the Honorable Speaker and his delegation with a small token of appreciation.
The Honorable Speaker has concluded that in respect of concerns raised by the Marie-Louise inmates, a follow-up visit will be required to both Coetivy Island who also has inmates, as well as the Montaigne Posee Prison.
The Honorable Speaker envisages compiling a report which will go through the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the President, on his findings; with copies to both the Leader of the Opposition, as well as the Leader of Government Business in the National Assembly.
The Honorable Speaker also concluded “Much should be done to rehabilitate prisoners to allow them to better reintegrate themselves into the Community after serving their sentence”
For more details please contact:
Mr. Paul Riaze.
Public Relations, Communications and Protocol