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Drug convicts transferred from Tangerang prison following escape

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23, 2020   /   05:04 pm
Drug convicts transferred from Tangerang prison following escape Illustration of a man in prison. (Shutterstock/Skyward Kick Productions)

The Law and Human Rights Ministry transferred dozens of drug convicts from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten to other super maximum security prisons on Tuesday, following the escape of Chinese drug convict Cai Changpan last week.

The spokesperson for the ministry's Corrections Directorate General, Rika Aprianti, said in a statement that the transferred inmates were those serving long prison terms and life imprisonment as well as prisoners on death row.

Thirty drug convicts were moved to the Batu penitentiary on Nusa Kambangan Island in Cilacap regency, Central Java. Meanwhile, some 30 other inmates, two of whom were convicted for violating general crimes, were transferred to Cilegon penitentiary in Banten.

“This is the manifestation of our firm commitment to fighting drugs,” said Rika.

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She added the ministry had previously transferred around 300 drug convicts to Nusakambangan prison island.

Cai, a Chinese national who also goes by the name of Cai Ji Fan, escaped from the Tangerang penitentiary on Sept. 14 at around 2:30 a.m. through a self-dug tunnel that was connected to a sewer outside the prison walls.

The police suspected that the inmate dug the tunnel using stolen construction tools from the prison kitchen.

Authorities formed a team to investigate the case and recapture the escaped convict, who was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017.