13 police officers released from Mostaqbal prison, Ismailia
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CAIRO: Ismailia Misdemeanor Court, headed by Judge Alaa Zahran, released 13 police officers from al-Mostaqbal Central Prison Wednesday, all accused of helping two prisoners escape, Tahrir reported.

The court listened in previous sessions to the defense and received photocopies of official papers sent to the Ministry of Interior by the prison warden and his deputy. The papers stated that the numbers of prisoners have increased and exceeded the prison’s capacity. A paper was requested to fire some low-ranking officers accused of accepting bribes, Tahrir reported.

The suspects were released with a 3,000 EGP bail each based on a request by their defense.

Ismailia prosecution accused prison warden Wael Azzam and his deputy of blatant negligence, which resulted in the escape of two criminals who were sentenced to death, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Prosecution also accused the officers responsible for securing the gates of negligence and allowing an officer to get in with his car without searching it when it moved out of the prison.

The low-ranking officer who entered the prison with his car was accused of assisting both suspects who escaped the prison.

The 13 officers, including the prison warden, were imprisoned for 15 days pending investigations. Attorney General Hisham Barakat had made the decision on July 30 over the escape of two dangerous criminals on July 28, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. The trial session will resume on Sep. 17.

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