Daring Prison Break Thwarted in Roumieh

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A massive escape attempt from Roumieh prison has been thwarted after guards found ropes linking the observation tower to the facility's outer wall, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

NNA said that the inmates had lowered four 17-meter ropes from the tower to the outer wall of the building where convicts are incarcerated.

The prisoners had also cut the iron barriers that separate the building and the tower, which meant that the escape route was open and the operation was in its last stages, NNA added.

Judge Fadi Zaenni headed to Roumieh to investigate the incident and guards launched a headcount to check if anyone had managed to escape.

Last month, guards thwarted an attempt by around 20 Fatah al-Islam inmates to escape from Roumieh, the oldest and largest of Lebanon's overcrowded prisons.

They 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.

The military tribunal charged in November 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.

Comments 5
Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 13:23

lol that's prison breaks every week.

Thumb Phil 21 January 2013, 13:55

What a joke. Ya khayyeh, how hard is it to keep an eye on those low-lives and monitor their movements inside the building? The law can't even control a bunch of thugs in a walled facility, imagine how helpless it must be out on the streets. Failed state indeed.

Thumb jabalamel 21 January 2013, 14:17

you just keep hoping it's failed state.

Missing anonymetexasusa 21 January 2013, 16:40

What is common in all these escape attempts is the extensive time needed to concoct, plan, and put into place. A luxury which they seem to have plenty of.
Put these prisoners to work long hours to earn their keep like the rest of the honest Lebanese have to to provide for their families.

Missing whyaskwhy 22 January 2013, 06:21

Agree with Phoenix a girls scout camp seems to have a great form of security than this prison. On the other hand due to the very lacking laws we have people on the outside could literaly drive a tank there to free up Billy Ray and the rest of his chain gang if they choose.
Many of these breaks are planned and aided from the outside, one cannot preclude the fact that the place is also very old and in bad need of rehabilitation.