LUSAKA Central Prison officer-in-charge Superitendent Oliver Lisela has been summoned to appear before the High Court to explain an incident where prison warders used one glove to search the private parts of several female inmates recently.
According to Zambia Prison Service sources, the incident occurred early this month during a routine search of female prisoners at Lusaka Central Prison Chimbokaila.
"We do search them inmates after sometime if we suspect that there could be something inside the prison but this one was something else," the source told The Post yesterday. "One glove was used to search about seven to eight female inmates."
The sources said a Bolivian female inmate, Jacqueline Pedraza, who together with his male co-accused , Jorge Padilla, were in September last year convicted to five years after they were found guilty of swallowing 89 and 99 cocaine pellets respectively, took advantage of her appeal hearing before judge Evans Hamaundu to complain over the incident.
"The officer-in-charge was summoned to go and explain why that thing happened like that. He was called by judge Hamaundu. They inmates complained before judge Hamaundu when they were taken that side," the source said.
The sources said Superintendent Lisela appeared before judge Hamaundu last Friday but that the matter had been adjourned to an unknown date.
Efforts to get a comment from the Human Rights Commission proved futile by press time.