The Tory Justice Minister has appeared to degree blame for Daniel Khalife’s escape on HMP employees working at Wandsworth.
Talking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg this morning, Alex Chalk mentioned safety protocols had been in place when Mr Khalife made his audacious escape, and there have been an ample variety of employees.
Whereas saying he didn’t wish to prejudice the forthcoming inquiry, Mr Chalk left Ms Kuenssberg underneath the impression he was blaming human error for the safety blunder.
Mr Chalk mentioned it’s now clear that related safety protocols had been in place, together with the headcount that should be made after items are unloaded from a lorry, and the searches that should happen to a car when it’s within the ‘airlock’.
He additionally mentioned “the related safety employees had been in place”.
Requested if the employees truly adopted the principles regarded searches, Mr Chalk mentioned that’s “the actual query”.
“Have been the related protocols adopted to the lengthen that they need to be. And that’s exactly what we’d like this investigation – certainly the impartial investigation – to unravel.”
The Justice Secretary mentioned the tools to look beneath a car because it left the jail was in place, and the employees had been additionally in place on the gate.
Requested by Ms Kuenssberg whether or not he was subsequently blaming “human error” for the breakout, Mr Chalk mentioned “it will be fairly fallacious for me to prejudice the result of [the investigation].”
He added that whereas the escape was very severe, breakouts are “very uncommon and far rarer, by the way, than 20 years in the past”.
Mr Chalk pledged to “received to the underside” of the circumstances surrounding Khalife’s escape.
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