Chinese drug dealer on death row in Indonesia who escaped via sewers yet to be found

24-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:02 AM Print This Post

A Chinese drug trafficker under death sentence who escaped from a jail near Indonesia’s capital Jakarta by tunnelling through the sewage system last week was yet to be found, police said.

Cai Changpan, 37, who was convicted of methamphetamine smuggling, dug a hole from his cell at a prison in Java’s Tangerang area into waste pipes and on to a road on 14 September, Indonesian police spokesman Yusri Yunus told reporters.

However, his disappearance was not discovered by authorities until four days later on 18 September, local media reported.

The Tangerang police said they questioned four prison staff and one civilian in regard to the ongoing investigation.

“This is an extreme case that cannot be generalised and is not representative of Indonesia’s prison system,” Adrianus Meliala, criminologist from Indonesia’s ombudsman office, said.

“So it will be properly investigated, including if there are prison wardens involved, or anything else.”

According to a cell mate, Cai had planned the escape for five to six months prior and used tools from a construction project in the prison kitchen, Yusri said.

Yusri told reporters that prison officials were not across Cai’s activities in the six months it took for him to plan his escape.

“If we knew what he was up to earlier on, then he would have been apprehended by guards. We are still slowly investigating the matter,” Yusri was quoted to have said by local media Tribun.

Indonesia directorate general of Prisons spokeswoman Rika Aprianti told media the convicted trafficker, who also goes by the name Cai Ji Fan, had timed his escape to coincide with the changing of the guards.

According to Indonesian news website Detik, Cai was sentenced to death in 2017 for trafficking 135 kilograms of crystal meth.

The investigation reportedly found drugs in his car, a garage and in chicken coop cleaner equipment.

Police also said Cai had previously broken out of a Jakarta police detention centre in 2017 by breaking a hole in a bathroom wall.

No lawyer or representative for Cai was immediately reachable for comment.

Police have put him on their most wanted list and applied for an international travel ban on his passport.

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