Prison break is thwarted

In­mates cut bars on cell win­dow

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­

Six con­victed drug smug­glers tried to break out of prison by cut­ting the bars on the win­dow of their cell.

The men, who were all Pak­istani and serv­ing long prison sen­tences, man­aged to get a cut­ting tool from another in­mate, who had smug­gled it into Abu Dhabi’s Cen­tral Jail in Al Wathba.

They then waited un­til it was dark to make their escape bid. How­ever, they were spot­ted by guards and de­tained af­ter they dropped to the ground.

The men ap­peared at Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court yes­ter­day, where they were con­victed of at­tempt­ing to escape from prison and were given a fur­ther five years in prison.

Pros­e­cu­tors had ear­lier told the court that one of the men spent sev­eral hours us­ing the un­spec­i­fied tool to cut the metal bars on the cell win­dow.

“But prison guards who were mon­i­tor­ing their move­ments caught them af­ter they had just jumped through the nar­row win­dow,” said a pros­e­cu­tor.

“The in­mates had man­aged to cut the iron bars us­ing a sharp tool.” Po­lice of­fi­cers said the men had planned to escape in ad­vance.

The de­fen­dants had ear­lier been given be­tween 10 to 15 years af­ter they were found guilty of at­tempt­ing to smug­gle drugs into the UAE for traf­fick­ing pur­poses.

Dur­ing their trial over the prison break, one of the men told court he was lured into the escape bid by his fel­low in­mates.

“Dur­ing the years that I have been in jail escape did cross my mind but I had never at­tempted to do it un­til the other in­mates con­vinced me,” he said. The men will be de­ported af­ter serv­ing their jail sen­tences.

‘Guards caught them af­ter they had just jumped through the nar­row win­dow’ – Abu Dhabi pros­e­cu­tor

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