Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article from VG.no about the latest zany hijinks by “New Danes” on the island of Fyn. One of the culture-enrichers happened to be enjoying the hospitality of the Danish penal system, and for some reason decided to leave it.
Here’s the story:
Male inmate (30) escaped from Danish prison wearing a burka
(VG Nett) A 30-year-old inmate sauntered casually past the prison guards at Statsfængsel Nyborg (Nyborg State Prison) in Denmark — hidden under a burka. He is now wanted by the police.
The man donned the burka worn by his female visitor when she arrived, and managed to escape from the state prison in Nyborg on Saturday, according to Ekstra Bladet [Danish newspaper].
Left behind in the prison was the woman with whom he swapped clothes.
The police in Fyn have now put out an APB on the man for the entire Schengen area, and they are currently searching for him in his previously known whereabouts.
Was calm when he left the prison
The inmate left the prison quietly with a man who had accompanied the woman with whom he swapped clothes during the visit.
The incident occurred at 6:30pm on Saturday evening.
Nyborg Statsfængsel houses some of Denmark’s most dangerous criminals. The escapee, however, was held in a wing that houses non-dangerous inmates.
The prison warden of Nyborg Statsfængsel, Arne Tornvig Christensen, told Ekstra Bladet that he did not want to go into detail about the burka escape, but confirms that the prison is now investigating how the escape could take place.
“A few years ago we implemented stricter security measures for prison visitations, but we will have a look and see how we can further improve our routines,” Christensen says.
“It is a rather unusual for inmates to disguise themselves as women,” he says.
The female who arrived at the prison wearing the burka will not be prosecuted.
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