Authorities in the British Virgin Islands have revealed the identities of the 21 prisoners that have been transferred to St Lucia this week.
According to BVI News, the convicts are being held on a wide range of serious offences including murder, attempted murder, and illegal possession of firearm.
The men were among the most dangerous prisoners at the state-owned penitentiary at Balsam Ghut, Virgin Islands News Online reports.
Governor Augustus Jaspert signed off on the emergency transfer after the prisoners were recaptured, following their escape during Hurricane Irma this month, the report said.
Earlier this week, National Security minister Senator Hermangild Francis sought to downplay reports that the men are high risk prisoners.
“People are saying high risk. I have not seen anything indicating that they are high risk. All I’ve been told is that they’re prisoners that needs shelter. So we have accepted to house as many as we could,” Francis asserted.
British Virgin Island authorities did not indicate how much time the prisoners would be spending in St Lucia.
A notice published in the BVI Gazette noted that, the prisoners will be away “until such time as repair work to improve security at the prison has been completed, and the governor determines that the conditions in the prison are such that further escape and disturbance at the prison can be prevented, and the life and safety of other prisoners and the community at large can be assured”.
They prisoners have been identified in the BVI Gazette as:
Matthew Daniel Hazel
Sherman Abdul Williams
Alberto Rosa De La Rosa
Dennis Dwayne Campbell