Five convicts escaped from a high-security prison in Kyrgyzstan after digging a tennel under the wall, authorities in the Central Asian nation said Wednesday. One of the escapees was serving a murder sentence.
The prisoners spent several days digging a 20-meter (66-foot) tunnel and escaped late Monday from the prison in Moldovanovka, a settlement 23 kilomters (15 miles) from the capital, Bishkek, officials said. The escape was not noticed until morning, and police were looking for the men.
One of the inmates was sentenced to 21 years in 1999 for murder; the others were serving shorter sentences for robbery and other crimes. Last fall 15 inmates escaped from the same prison, whose inmates are all serving terms of at least 10 years.
Associated Press, August 28, 2002