13 cops linked to court escape

2010-09-24 10:54

Thirteen policemen were arrested in connection with the escape of eight awaiting trial prisoners from the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday, Gauteng police said.

The arrest of the officers, including who the highest holds the rank of a captain, comes after investigations into possible misconduct, gross negligence and aiding prisoners to escape, Colonel Noxolo Kweza said. They were arrested yesterday evening.

The prisoners escaped from the court’s basement just after their arrival at 7.45am, but police managed to re-arrest seven of them almost immediately in a dramatically charged incident outside the court. One of them managed to escape and he was still being sought.

The prisoners, facing serious crime charges including murder and robbery, were brought to court from Johannesburg prison in Naturena. They will appear in court on Monday.

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