Con­vict speeds away from Yun­nan prison

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By ZHANG YI in Bei­jing and LI YINGQING in Kun­ming

Po­lice in Yun­nan prov­ince have be­gun a man­hunt for a pris­oner who es­caped from a jail fa­cil­ity in Kun­ming.

The Yun­nan Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau is­sued a war­rant on Wed­nes­day and is of­fer­ing a re­ward of 100,000 yuan ($14,500) for ac­tion­able in­for­ma­tion.

Zhang Lin­cang, 27, was sen­tenced to life in prison for trans­port­ing drugs and be­gan serv­ing his sen­tence in Jan­uary at the prov­ince’s No 1 Prison.

He is de­scribed as 1.84 me­ters tall, with a 10-cen­time­ter-long burn scar on his back. The war­rant also had de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about his home ad­dress and his ap­pear­ance.

The bureau urged Zhang to turn him­self in and drop any hope that he would elude cap­ture.

“Zhang left the site where in­mates were work­ing at around 8:20 am on Tues­day, stole a truck, broke through the prison fence and fled. He aban­doned the truck on a road 2 kilo­me­ters from the prison,” a state­ment is­sued by the provin­cial Depart­ment of Jus­tice said on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

The prison put a con­tin­gency plan into ac­tion im­me­di­ately and re­ported the es­cape to higher author­i­ties.

The state­ment said the prison sent out a search party and re­quested po­lice as­sis­tance.

A work­ing group has been set up by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice­andthe prov­ince’sPri­son Man­age­ment Bureau. A head­quar­ters for the man­hunt has also been es­tab­lished.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Zhang served in the mil­i­tary, worked as a longdis­tance driveran­dran a karaoke club.

He has a wife and a 2-yearold daugh­ter, the re­port said.

Xinhua con­trib­uted to this story.

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