Five Lebanese prisoners killed in accident after massive jail break-out The Express Tribune

BEIRUT:

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) said in a statement that more than 60 detainees hit a tree outside a Lebanese detention center outside the capital, Beirut, when their car hit a tree on Saturday.

The ISF statement did not explain how the 69 prisoners had fled the facility, which a security source said held pre-trial detainees and is part of the Babra District Jail near Beirut.

President Michel Aoun was briefed by the caretaker interior minister about the break-out and ordered that the search operation be expedited and the incident investigated.

The ISF said 15 prisoners were captured, while four others had turned themselves in. Five died when they crashed into a tree in a seized car accident, which was described as an accident while an inmate was injured and taken to the hospital.

State news agency NNA previously said that the inmates fled the jail in the morning after breaking open cell doors.

In April, Amnesty International said there were riots inside Lebanese jails and families called for the release of prisoners over concerns of the spread of Kovid-19 in crowded jails.

It added that the Lebanese government has taken a number of measures, including some releases, that authorities should prioritize the release of prisoners who served their sentences and expedited the review of pre-trial detainees .

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