Of­fi­cers held in pris­oner es­cape

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

Po­lice say 13 of­fi­cers have been ar­rested on charges of aid­ing the es­cape of eight pris­on­ers from a court in Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal.

Po­lice spokes­woman Col. Nox­olo Kweza said pris­on­ers were not wear­ing leg irons or hand­cuffs when they es­caped Thurs­day from the court, where they awaited trial.

Of­fi­cers are also be­ing charged with mis­con­duct and gross neg­li­gence.

The eight pris­on­ers, charged with murder and rob­bery, es­caped through the court’s base­ment. Po­lice have re­ar­rested seven and are search­ing for one.

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