Roumieh Prison Guards Thwart Fatah al-Islam Escape Attemptإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Guards thwarted an attempt by around 20 Fatah al-Islam prisoners to escape from Roumieh prison, the oldest and largest of Lebanon's overcrowded prisons, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.
NNA said the inmates had cut iron bars at the prison's library and were seeking to dig a hole in the wall of the workshop that had been burned in previous riots when the plot was uncovered on Thursday night.
Judge Fadi Zaenni headed to Roumieh to investigate the incident.
The military tribunal charged last month a Lebanese man and two Syrians with helping three Fatah al-Islam inmates escape from the same prison,
The three men were also charged with facilitating a prison break attempt by another inmate, who was planning to wear a black Islamic veil and climb down using a rope from bloc B where the Islamist inmates are incarcerated.
In October, a scandal erupted after it was reported that three Fatah al-Islam prisoners fled the jail the month before.
In another major prison break from Roumieh, five inmates from the terror network managed to escape in August 2011.