Police intensify search for escaped prisoners

DUBAI - The Dubai Police have said that they have launched a search for the four prisoners who recently escaped from the Murraqabat Police Station. Lt-Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief, Dubai Police, said there is relentless effort on the part of the police to arrest the fugitives and reiterated that CID officials are capable of arresting them within a short time. He was speaking at the opening of a book fair at the Dubai Police Officers Club.


Amira Agarib

Published: Wed 22 Dec 2010, 12:54 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

Lt-Gen. Khalfan said that prisoners escaped because of the negligence shown by guards. Also, somebody would haveassisted the four prisoners. He added that the police is unsure if they are still in the country.

According to Lt-Gen. Khalfan, the police is interrogating the Murraqabat Police officials since they suspect negligence. He said that investigation would reveal all details of the escape.

Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director of General Department of Criminal Investigation said that all four suspects are Asians. According to him two of the suspects had been charged for theft, the third prisoner was suspected of theft while the fourth was charged for drug use.

Elaborating on the details of the escape Al Mansouri said that the four prisoners had gone to make some phone calls to their families in the phone cabins within the detention cells. But due to the negligence of the policeman who was supposed to keep tabs on them, the prisoners managed to climb the barriers and run away.

He said that the four suspects were chased by the police, but they managed to escape. CID teams are now touring all of Dubai to arrest them. He said that the police had received information that the fugitives are still in the UAE and that they are coordinating with the police from the other emirates to arrest them.

Al Mansouri denied that two of the suspects had been charged with the armed robberies which took place in Dubai and Sharjah. According to him, the two suspects who committed theft were arrested and referred to Naif Police station and the police had recovered the stolen items. They are also wanted by the Sharjah police.

Al Mansouri also denied that the thieves were helped by any police official. A special team has been set up to investigate the team which guarded the suspects. He has called up on the public to call the Dubai Operation on 04-2661228 if they get information on the violators or people who are providing them refuge.


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