Quito ( Associated Press) – Ecuador’s interior minister, Patricio Carrillo, said Tuesday that work is being done to identify “fragmented” bodies from a recent massacre at a prison in the Andean country.
The new riot took place at the Santo Domingo de los Sachilas prison, 70 kilometers southwest of the Ecuadorian capital.
On his Twitter account, Carrillo said that technical eye inspection teams picked up 45 human fragments in that prison and made an initial estimate that there would be 12 corpses and not 13, as initially reported. He said forensic anthropologists and forensic doctors are traveling to conduct autopsies on the “dismembered” bodies.
Officials said two other prisoners were injured in the riots a day earlier and the intervention of police and armed forces’ tactical teams managed to control it.
In order to bring attention to the individuals deprived of Liberty, the service had initially indicated that a fight between prisoners may have taken place at the location, but images and videos were circulated on social networks showing the bodies of alleged prisoners as pools of blood. Shown in the middle.
On 9 May, another riot was recorded with 44 dead prisoners inside the same detention centre. After the confrontation, officials said they found firearms, explosives and other equipment.
According to officials, since 2021, around 370 people have been brutally murdered in the country’s prisons, which have turned into scenes of brawls between national and international drug mafias and criminals.
The Service to Pay Attention to Persons Disenfranchised by Liberty reports that it accounts for 65 prisons nationwide, with approximately 36,000 inmates, 17% more than the system’s maximum capacity, as indicated.