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Guards Were Sleeping or Shopping

Manila Jailbreak. Officers on duty deny that money was involved but investigators say they are lying; Arroyo appoints inquiry panel. It might not have been so much an inside job as sheer incompetence that allowed a Jemaah Islamiah (JI) member and two other militants to escape from prison. One of the four officers guarding the cell was asleep and another was out buying something at the time JI leader Fathur Rohman Al-Ghozi and two Abu Sayyaf guerillas, Abdul Edris and Merang Abante, made their predawn jailbreak on Monday. Philippine police yesterday filed a criminal complaint against the four officers. They were charged with infidelity in the custody of the prisoners, laxity, gross negligence and neglect of duty for failing to guard the detainees, said Director Eduardo Matillano, head of a national police investigation unit. ‘They denied that money was involved,’ General Matillano said. ‘But they are lying,’ he said, noting that all four had failed lie-detector tests. Full Story

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