Provincial police in Stung Treng have visited the provincial jail to conduct an investigation into a jailbreak attempt in which five inmates were caught trying to break through the ceiling of their cell.
Chhim Thida, director of the provincial prison, said yesterday that the attempted jailbreak took place on July 21, and added that provincial police visited the prison a few days ago to conduct an investigation.
“There were five convicts. One of them was convicted on a drug charge. He is from Laos,” said Mr Thida.
“I reported the case to the provincial prosecutor and the prosecutor ordered the police to come and investigate.
“The attempted jailbreak happened on the 21st at around 2am to 3am.
“They were trying to escape through the prison ceiling but the security deployed by our officials is very tight and they were aware of the attempt and stopped it promptly.”
Mr Thida said that the prison cell had been repaired and that security had been ramped up since the breakout attempt.
Provincial police chief Mao Dara hung up his phone when contacted.
The attempted jailbreak followed others in Kampong Speu, where five were successful at breaking out in June and remain free, and in Ratanakkiri, where another five broke out in May.
In the latter case, former prison guard Khyal Pa Ngang, 52, is accused of aiding the convicts in their escape and remains imprisoned awaiting trial.