About 40 prisoners escape in a garbage truck in Burma


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Abidjan, 18, Sept (AIP) – About 41 detainees
in a prison in Hpa-An (northeastern Burma) have escaped using the garbage truck
at the prison.

The detainees, who pointed the driver to
collect the garbage from the power plant, broke down the prison gates.

The incident happened on Sunday and the truck
was found, abandoned in the mud 200 kilometres from the prison, towards the
border with Thailand. Te

Abidjan, 18, Sept (AIP) – About 41 detainees
in a prison in Hpa-An (northeastern Burma) have escaped using the garbage truck
at the prison.

The detainees, who pointed the driver to
collect the garbage from the power plant, broke down the prison gates.

The incident happened on Sunday and the truck
was found, abandoned in the mud 200 kilometres from the prison, towards the
border with Thailand. Ten of the prisoners have since been recaptured and taken
back to prison.

The others “may have fled to Thailand,
the local authorities are trying to capture them by blocking as many roads as
possible,” said local authority Khin Thet Mar.

The leader of the fugitives was serving a life
sentence for “drug trafficking, illegal possession of weapons and
attempted murder”.

In total, 29 of the escapees had already been
sentenced while the other 12 were in pre-trial, pending trial, according to the
prison official.

The conditions of detention in Burma remain
harsh in this country of Southeast Asia long cut off from the world by a
military junta.

Under the junta, which was dissolved in 2011,
political prisoners were numerous. Since their release from prison, they have
frequently denounced unhealthy prison conditions and prison overcrowding.

GNA


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