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Turkish Inmate Escapes Nusakambangan Prison

Nusakambangan island, Indonesia
Jakarta. Saman Hasan, also known as Messi, a Turkish prisoner, has reportedly escaped the Besi Prison in Nusakambangan Island, Cilacap, Central Java, an official said on Friday (01/07).

The drug convict was found to be missing from the prison on Thursday at around 4 p.m. when the wardens checked all prisoners.

“We have cooperated with Cilacap Police to search the escaped prisoner. We also formed an internal team and Justice and Human Rights Agency was involved to handle the case and give advice,” Central Java Justice Agency Molyanto told Antara news agency on Friday.

The escaped prisoner had only eight months left in his sentence after he was convicted to 12 years imprisonment for drug smuggling in 2005.

Messi allegedly fled the prison to Kampung Laut village on a motorcycle after finishing his community service duties outside the prison. He had been appointed a "companion inmate," a status granted to well-behaved prisoners who are allowed to leave the jail during the day.

Personnel police and military officers have been deployed to pursue the escaped inmate.

Source: Jakarta Globe, July 1, 2016

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