83. Grant of permit for absence
(1) Subject to this section and to section 86, the chief executive officer may, with the approval of the Minister, grant to a prisoner, by instrument in writing, a permit authorising the prisoner to be absent from the prison in which he is confined for such period not exceeding 72 hours as is specified in the instrument and for such purpose as is described in the permit.
(2) A permit may be granted under this section ¾
(a) to visit a near relative who the chief executive officer has reason to believe is dangerously ill;
(b) to attend the funeral of a near relative; or
(c) for any other purpose which appears to the Minister to be sufficient.
(3) The chief executive officer may grant a permit under this section subject to conditions and restrictions which, if any, shall be set out in the permit.
(4) A permit under this section shall ordinarily provide for the prisoner to be in the charge of a prison officer during the period of his absence from prison under the permit, but if the chief executive officer is of the opinion, having regard to the safety and the interests of the public, that it is unnecessary to require a prisoner to be in the charge of a prison officer during such period, the chief executive officer may, with the approval of the Minister, grant a permit which does not so provide.
(5) The chief executive officer may at any time revoke a permit granted under this section and shall report to the Minister every such revocation.
(6) Except with the authority of the chief executive officer, a prison officer shall not at any time be given the charge of more than 2 prisoners under permits granted under this section.
[Section 83 amended by No. 47 of 1987 s. 11; No. 113 of 1987 s. 32.]