Prisoners 'bashed' during smoking ban riot

Protest at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Wacol. Photo: Seven News
Protest at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre in Wacol. Photo: Seven News

ACCUSED drug cartel go-between Peter Nash has now joined other prisoners who claim they were bashed by riot police during a May 5 protest at Wacol's Arthur Gorrie prison after protest against smoking bans.

Mr Nash was a prisoner in protective custody at the prison on May 5 where he was waiting for extradition to the United States to face money laundering and drug charges linked to the online site, Silk Road.

Silk Road was an online anonymous drug supply network that began in 2011 and was taken off line in 2013. Mr Nash is accused by US authorities of being one of the online moderators of Silk Road.

On Saturday, Fairfax Media reported details from an unsigned four-page report into the alleged bashings of prisoners at Wacol's Arthur Gorrie Remand and Reception Centre on May 5.

That report describes the riot squad guards' alleged actions against 36 prisoners in Protective Custody Unit B3 at the Arthur Gorrie Correction Centre on Ipswich Road, Wacol west of Brisbane.

Those allegations prompted Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to order the Corrective Services Department to investigate the complaint that prisoners were handcuffed and bashed inside the cells.

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