Unlike the previous year, there were no reports of death due to riots.
According to the Commission of Prisons, 10 detainees died from natural causes during the year.
On January 14, Rajesh Ramlogun died while in custody of officers of the Major Crime Investigation Unit (MCIU).
In September he was found guilty and sentenced to 12 months in prison.The orientation training for all new police recruits includes a segment on human rights.Complaints could be filed either directly through the Complaints Investigation Bureau or to the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC).In June a police officer was arrested and formally charged after he was accused of accepting a bribe.Prison and Detention Center Condition Prison conditions generally met international standards, although there were reports of drug abuse, commercial sexual activity, and overcrowding.
The Central Prison, which has a capacity of 677, held more than 1,000 prisoners.Charges against three of the seven MCIT officers involved were dropped; the case against the remaining four was still pending at year's end. Disappearance There were no reports of politically motivated disappearances. Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment The constitution and law prohibit such practices; however, there continued to be reports of police abuses.On September 15, local media reported that a 16-year-old detainee at the Correctional Youth Center was placed in solitary confinement and forced to sleep naked on the floor for 48 hours.Five reports were referred to the director of public prosecutions (DPP). The Complaints Investigation Bureau received 108 complaints against police officers for assault and one complaint for corruption.Ten cases were referred to the authorities for follow-up measures and the remaining cases were still under investigation.One detainee died in the custody of MCIT officers on January 14 (see section 1.a.).