EbeneInfo – UA – 5 fugitives die in car crash while fleeing after massive jailbreak in Lebanon

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BEIRUT – Lebanese police on Saturday tracked down 44 fugitive prisoners who escaped from a detention center on the outskirts of Beirut, calling locals residents must be on alert

Despite increased security, 69 people burst from a detention center near the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, according to a police statement

Five were killed in a car accident, when they lost control of the stolen vehicle as they rushed over and crashed into a tree Another person was taken to hospital

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By early Saturday afternoon, 15 had been recaptured, and four more had surrendered, leaving 44 on the run

Local authorities have called on residents to be on alert, a large number of security forces deployed to search the area

Speaking to AFP, she said she did not rule out the possibility of « collusion between detainees and security guards charged with protecting their cells »

Judge Fadi Akiki, government representative at the military court, held a meeting with security officials after inspecting the detention center and the scene of the car crash

Relatives of detainees gathered outside the detention center, located in the Baabda courthouse, where some were awaiting trial

Some have asked about the fate of their loved ones, while others have taken their sons into custody, AFP photographer says

These include Joumana Berjawi, whose 22-year-old son escaped after being held for six months for attempted murder – a charge she denies

« My son was among the escapees, but I brought him back and handed him over to the state, » Berjawi told AFP

The jailbreak comes as inmates across Lebanon called on parliament to approve a general amnesty bill, which would see thousands released from coronavirus-hit prisons

Lebanon has recorded more than 113,000 cases of COVID-19 including 884 deaths since the start of the epidemic in February

The country is currently on lockdown until the end of the month to stem a rise in infections

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EbeneInfo – UA – 5 fugitives die in car crash while fleeing after massive jailbreak in Lebanon

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