Prison break is thwarted
Inmates cut bars on cell window
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