comoros-web.com, 1 December 2010 - An internal investigation was opened following the escape of 22 individuals in an administrative detention centre in Pamandzi, which occurred on the night of Sunday to Monday. That case revived the controversy about a centre where conditions of detention are deemed "unworthy". 22 escaped in one night. A surprising number but reflects the state of the detention centre.
According to our information, taking advantage of a lack of vigilance, a group of men reportedly went into the women's toilets.
Opened in 1995, the Centre has since gained national prominence for its conditions of detention, until recently deemed "unworthy" in a report by the Controller General of the Places of Deprivation of Liberty (CGLPL) published in July 2010 in the Journal Officiel. Controller Jean-Marie Delarue there reported deplorable conditions and numerous violations of the regulations. "The showers and toilets are in very poor shape. There is no outdoor space for children, and no window inside the rooms, the ventilation of the space being provided by grids installed on the upper walls. Perspiration odours are pervasively present in the rooms. The lighting, from an electric bulb is kept lit. A deafening noise reigns constantly in the rooms. The wall tiles are stained with dried blood spots apparently from crushed mosquitos.
The space dedicated to children in the room holding women and children, is useless. This situation must end. "