One inmate still at large after prison break
Seven inmates who had broken out of their prison cell in Sagaing’s Hkamti township over the weekend were arrested yesterday, while one escapee remains at large, according to police.
The eight suspects were all serving time on narcotics charges.
“Almost all the detainees who broke out of the detention cell have been arrested, but one of them is still missing. But, we are investigating, and believe we will arrest him soon,” said Police Major Than Htay from the Hkamti Police Station.
The jail break occurred around 8pm on August 28, according to the police major. Ten police officers were on duty at the detention site at the time of the escape.
“There was a weakness in the cell. We did not immediately know about the cell breach because many detainees were being held in the cell. The cell is currently under full security,” said Pol Maj Than Htay.
But activist Ko Aung San Myint warned that prisons must address overcrowding, and not just take additional security measures if they intend to resolve jail breaks.
“The cell had only enough space for 60 detainees, but there are about 100 detainees in the cell at the time,” he said. “If the numbers of detainees cannot be reduced, the same thing will happen again.”
The seven inmates who were re-arrested are now facing an additional charge under section 333 of the penal code for deterring or causing harm to a public servant in the course of duty. The additional charge carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Pol Maj Than Htay said three police officers were injured while re-arresting the inmates.