Prison officials punished over jailbreak plot

  • 2006-09-25
  • By TBT staff

RIGA - Two Latvian prison officials have been punished after a probe into a foiled jailbreak in which inmates were plotting an escape from a prison in eastern Latvian town of Jekabpils using a bow and arrow.
On Aug. 10 prison guards discovered that inmates had broken a padlock of a hatch in the attic and made a bow and arrows to shoot a rope over the fence of the prison, a representative of the Latvian Prison Administration said.
The investigation found three inmates had been involved in making the instruments in preparations for a jailbreak.
The probe also revealed that several prison employees had been negligent in performing their duties and failed to ensure sufficient control of the objects under their charge.
The Jekabpils prison supervision head and the prison's security inspector have been reprimanded, and the deputy warden has been instructed to improve the control of his subordinates.