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New bill covers prison escapes.


Jacqueline Agathocleous

A BILL formalising regulatory action in the event of prison escapes, which was tabled after convicted rapist and murderer Antonis Prokopiou Kitas fled police custody in 2008, was discussed at the House Legal Affairs Committee yesterday.

The bill redefines certain chapters of the penal code to include clear provisions for convicts who escape from areas other than prison or holding cells.

Kitas escaped from a private clinic, after being treated there for six months with gastric reflux.

According to committee chairman, DISY's Ionas Nicolaou, the bill clarifies the areas where convicts may be kept and the responsibilities of the authorities in charge of monitoring them -- the police or prison governor.

Nicolaou said currently an escape is only classed as such if the convict escaped from a prison.

"The new regulation provides that from the moment the person was transferred, for example, from prison to a hospital ward, the convict will be under the control of the prison governor and if he leaves, his action will be considered an escape and anyone who assists him in leaving will be considered an accomplice," said Nicolaou.

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