2 prison escapees captured

JAKARTA - A joint team of staff from penitentiaries in Cilacap, Central Java and the police have captured two fugitive inmates, one of whom is on death row for murder and robbery, who escaped the high-security Batu Penitentiary on Nusakambangan Island.

"Alhamdulilah (thank God), the two inmates have been captured in mining areas belonging to cement company PT Holcim Indonesia on Nusakambangan Island," head of the penitentiary division of the Central Java Justice and Human Rights Office, Hermawan Yunianto, said as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday.

Hermawan added that Suhardi bin Abdul Hamid was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Harun bin Aziz at 4:30 a.m.

Akbar Hadi Prabowo, spokesman for the penitentiary directorate-general at the Law and Human Rights Ministry, said on Thursday that both Abdul and Harun had escaped the facility by cutting through the metal bars covering their prison cell.

"They may have cut the metal bars using a hacksaw obtained from a workshop in the prison. There's also the possibility a prison visitor smuggled in the hacksaw. We're still investigating this matter," Akbar said.

Harun was sentenced to death for robbery and murder, while Suhardi was sentenced to life in prison for another robbery case.

This is the second prison escape at the facility this month. On November 14, a murder convict, identified as Ahmad Yusuf alias Oji, escaped after being ordered by a prison officer to dump garbage outside the facility.