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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IHHBRIOGE HERALD Auguit nto of prisoners USKI> AS MONKY Shells have Ixic-n used hy ninny iKopk'.s ;is money. NKW BHII'S Greece registered 42 new nuTCliant Eliips In July, 1972. MONTREAL (CD Tin- [ederal government lias or- dered a "full in- quiry into all circumstances" of Monday's cscaiv by SIN prison- ers of St. Vincent ilr f'atil mat- imum security institution in nearby Laval. Police said Tuesday their search for five of the nini slill nt large was continuing but luul produced no leads. The sixth escapee was captured shortly nflcr the break. "We are still checking all our sources and our files on (lie prisoners but it's very quiet, there are no a Quebec Provincial Police spokesman said. Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer Tuesday ordered the in- quiry, which is lo begin today, to submit n as as possible. Chairman of (he three-man commission will be L. P. l.an- dry, regional director and chief prosecutor for Montreal. Also named to the commission Inspector P. "'e HC'MP and J. II. Marcous. act- ing director of St. Vincent de Taut Jean-l'aut Mereier, Michel Lafleur, Andre Ouellette, :O, Hohert Imbcault, 23. Jacques Masrine, OD, and riei're Via- ivnl, 27, escaped Mondny from the prison's special correction unit ciitlic; tlu-ougli a 10- foot barbcxt-wire fence. Viucont was captured shortly after as lie ('riving a stolen car toward the Laurcnlian mountains. i'OUC'K WOHHIKI) The provincial spokes- man said the convicts "could be anywhere" and may have, slipjMxl into Montreal, despite surveillance on bridges leading in from A policeman said they "would able to lie low and get money and guns" once in Montreal. The provincial police holdup squad planned to continue lo conduct raids when informatiol genuine. The five 'must lie preparing for some-1 hing" iKx-ausc they had no money when they escaped, sqnaii members saiil. Wootled areas and farms in Laval were scoured Tuesday by police armed with sholgtms and illes and guided by tracking dogs. The five men, all serving sen- tences of 10 to 25 years for armed robbery and Mereier for attempted murder, had pre- viously escaped from prisons and arc considered extremely dangerous. When Mr. Goyer visited the. jail after the escape, he. said: "li's ahoul lime we looked at tlte jobs being done by the men inside the correctional units in- stead of supplying more ami more security padgel-s.'J TIliKl) OF Breaks in 1972 have doubled over the previous year and lie was "sick and tired of hearing authorities say it's localise Ihey haven't got enough secur- ity gadgets." He said lie was "astonished that six men could from ,i place like Ibis." Laflcur and Onellctto were on the list of so-called political prisoners who.so release; was demanded by the Front de Lib- eration du Quebec when James (Jasper) Cross, lirilisli trade commissioner- here, and Pierre Lapoi'tc, former Quebec labor minister, wero kidnapjxxl in October, Lawyer Pierre Cloulier, who once represented Laflcur and Onellette, lold a news confer- ence Tuesday that public pres- sure would force closure of (lie correction unit if ils "inhuman" conditions were known. "It's so inhuman that prison- ers have a duty to lie said, calling tile unit a "hell- hole" that should be to reporters for an impartial visit. "Once the public is made aware of the brutalizing effect the prison lias on inmates, the government will be so embar- rassed it will linvc lo close it down." PHISONKItS COMPLAIN ni-andishing a lite of nffida- vils he said were from prison- ers, condemning Hie window- less, isolated cells in the spe- cial uisit, Mr. Clontier quoted a prisoner a.s .saying: "I can't breath, am losing my hair and my mind is de- teriorating fast as hell UNWKAI" SNAKH TAMPA,