Attorney general rips 'failure' of prison officials to keep Epstein alive

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Jeffrey Epstein is wheeled into New York Downtown Hospital. William Farrington

The raids came as US Attorney-General William Barr said there had been "serious irregularities" at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan where Epstein, 66, died.

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation", Mr. Barr said.

The incident, which authorities have classified an "apparent suicide", triggered multiple investigations of how such a high-profile inmate, who was supposed to have been carefully monitored, could have died in federal custody.

That investigation into conduct described in the indictment, including the conspiracy count, will continue despite Epstein's death, Geoffrey Berman, the US Attorney in Manhattan, said on Saturday.

Several women who say they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein have spoken of their anger and disappointment that the disgraced financier will never face justice after his apparent suicide in prison.

Days after billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epsfein's death by apparent suicide in a NY jail cell, federal authorities descended on Little St. James in St. Thomas, searching his private island for further evidence.

And The New York Times has reported thatjail staff failed to follow protocols leading up to the death of the convicted sex offender.

A private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, observed the autopsy at the request of Epstein's lawyers.

Epstein owned an apartment in Paris and USA authorities have connected him to several French nationals.

Court documents from 2011 reveal Epstein controlled several apartments in a building just blocks from his $77 million NY townhouse and allegedly housed "underage girls from all over the world".

A second person familiar with operations at the jail said Epstein was found with a bedsheet around his neck Saturday morning.

Even though Epstein's death ended his criminal prosecution, Barr said prosecutors would pursue cases against anyone else involved in his alleged crimes.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth-straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.

That agreement also gave immunity to potential co-conspirators of Epstein.

The circumstance surrounding the financier's death has raised questions.

USA authorities say Epstein had a luxury apartment in Paris and used a fake Austrian passport to travel to France in the 1980s.

French Secretary of State for Gender Equality Marlene Schiappa and Secretary of State for Child Protection Adrien Taquet ordered the investigation.

Barr announced on Monday that he directed an investigation into Epstein's death, just a day after President Trump retweeted an unsubstantiated, far-right conspiracy theory that tied former President Bill Clinton to the accused sex trafficker's death.

Epstein was being held without bail, awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges that could have brought 45 years in prison.

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