The US Department of Justice has taken measures in prison where the child abuse suspect Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell last weekend. The prison director is temporarily replaced and two prison guards are suspended for as long as the billionaire’s death investigation is ongoing.
Epstein (66) was detained on suspicion of sexual abuse of teenage girls in the period between 2002 and 2005. He was arrested last month. He was found dead in his cell in New York on Saturday. According to various American media, Epstein has committed suicide.
Last month Epstein already tried to put an end to his life in prison. He was briefly under suicide watch, but that was no longer the case last weekend. He had to be checked every half hour. That would not have happened in the hours before he committed suicide.
The Justice Minister, William Barr, said yesterday that he was “downright angry” that the prison “failed to adequately protect this prisoner.” “We’ll sort this out to the bottom,” he said.