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Prison escapee digs tunnel for six months

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 23 2020   /  01:00 am
The dug-up tunnel allegedly made by Chinese inmate Cai Ji Fan to escape Tangerang penitentiary.(Wartakota.tribunnews.com/Handout)

Cai Changpan, a 53-year-old drug convict on death row who recently escaped from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten, had dug the tunnel that he used to escape the facility over the course of six months using stolen construction tools, the Jakarta Police said on Tuesday. “There is an indication from [Cai’s] cellmate's initial statement that [Cai] had been [digging the tunnel] for about five to six months using several tools that we have confiscated,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus told reporters on Tuesday. According to the statement, the escapee allegedly took the tools for the construction of a prison kitchen and used them to dig the tunnel inside his cell. Tangerang Police chief Sugeng Hariyanto previously said that the cellmate had refused Cai’s invitation to escape the prison with him. Yusri said that the police had formed a team with...