Four Escape From Ratanakkiri Provincial Jail

Four prisoners escaped from the provincial jail in Ratanakkiri Sunday, including a man who was arrested in October for his alleged role in the killing of a landowner following a dispute over a boundary at a rubber plantation.

Provincial deputy police chief That Sakhon said that a total of five men had originally tried to escape, but that police had prevented one of the prisoners from running away. The other four men are still at large.

“The prisoners tried to cut the barbed wire and run away from jail, but police rearrested one of them after the escape attempt,” he said. He added that police were now looking into how the prisoners had escaped and whether or not security had been too loose.

Rights group Adhoc said the prisoners still at large had been identified as Nov Sokhna, who is charged with the murder of a rubber plantation landowner; Phoeun Ton and Phun Kho, who are charged with theft; and Phai Vet, who is charged with indecent acts. Khoem Boran, the prisoner who did not manage to escape, is charged with attempted rape.

A guard at the prison, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to the media, said the men had manufactured their escape using a metal saw to cut through barbed wire that lined the prison’s outer security walls after they had been allowed out of their cells to cook some food.

“Many officials from the prison tried to arrest those who escaped and chased them for about 1 km,” said Mr. Boran, adding that the prisoners had also tried to escape on another occasion last week.

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