Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Berlin authorities reels after nine inmates escape Plötzensee prison



Berlin authorities are the target of ridicule and disbelief after nine prisoners escaped or absconded from one prison in the space of five days.

 
Six remain on the run from Plötzensee jail after four separate incidents.


Last Thursday, four inmates used an angle grinder and hammer from the prison workshop to break through a ventilation shaft. They then crept under the perimeter fence.


Despite CCTV capturing the escape, it was 41 minutes before it was noticed.


Two of the four prisoners - who were serving sentences for theft, aggravated assault and extortion - are reported to be still at large.
Berlin's Senator of Justice Dirk Behrendt has so far faced down calls for him to resign, saying he has assembled a commission of experts to eliminate vulnerabilities in the prison system.


In the other incidents:
  • On Friday 29 December, it emerged that a prisoner had failed to return from day release on Thursday
  • On Monday 1, January authorities disclosed that two prisoners had escaped overnight through the window of a neighbouring cell - one returned voluntarily
  • On Tuesday 2 January, Mr Behrendt revealed two more prisoners had escaped over the weekend, though it is unclear whether they broke out or failed to return from day release.
 
The incidents were mocked by some on Twitter.




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