Iraqi police questioned after 21 prisoners escape jail

An Iraqi police officer on patrol. (Picture by Ameer Al Mohammedaw/image alliance through Getty Photographs)

  • Police are being questioned after 21 prisoners escaped an Iraqi jail.
  • By Sunday 10 of the escapees have been recaptured.
  • The newest breakout highlights the failing within the nation’s safety system.

Iraqi police have been questioned on Sunday after 21 prisoners escaped jail, the most recent breakout to spotlight failings within the nation’s safety system.

Ten of the escaped prisoners, all convicted on drug and terrorism fees, had been recaptured by Sunday afternoon after a manhunt was launched at daybreak.

The inside minister instantly “ordered the confinement to the barracks of all officers and police” at Hilal district jail in Mouthanna province 300 kilometres (180 miles) south of the capital Baghdad, whereas an investigation into the escape was carried out.

It was not instantly clear how the prisoners broke out, however in corruption-riddled Iraq, escapes are sometimes achieved by paying off safety forces.

Different detainees get assist from armed teams or tribes, usually outfitted with heavy arms.

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Transparency Worldwide ranks the nation twenty first from backside in its Corruption Perceptions Index.

In mid-March, males from a strong pro-Iran armed group disguised as troopers freed a drug trafficker below police escort whereas en path to court docket in Amara, one other city in rural southern Iraq.

In an effort to flush out the escapees and discourage accomplices from sheltering them, Mouthanna’s governor promised “a monetary reward to anybody who catches a fugitive”, whereas regulation enforcement officers enlisted the assistance of tribal leaders within the manhunt.

Jail breaks are significantly delicate in Iraq, the place hundreds of Iraqis and foreigners have been convicted of “terrorism”, primarily as a part of the Islamic State group in recent times.

Jihadist teams – from IS and Al-Qaeda earlier than it – have already organised daring escapes from Iraqi prisons, and repeatedly vow to hold out others.

Iraq is repeatedly criticised by human rights activists for the circumstances of its jails.

Cells constructed to carry round 20 detainees are sometimes filled with 50, a supply working within the jails advised AFP.

Prisoners are sometimes caught smuggling telephones or passing on info throughout household visits.

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