An Indonesian man who was convicted of being a part of a terrorist group escaped jail by wearing a burqa, authorities said.
Roki Aprisdianto was serving a six-month jail term when he put on the women’s full-length Muslim clothing and walked out of prison with a group of Muslim women who were visiting the jail, reported the Jakarta Globe.
“At the time there were dozens of women with veils who visited detainees. They all came and were told to leave their [identity cards], but we never make [visitors] open their veil before [visiting detainees],” National Police spokesman Inspector General Suhardi Alius said in a press conference.
He added that police “assume that the prisoner blended in with women visitors—some of whom wore burqas—when he escaped from the detention center,” reported the Jakarta Post.
Police believe the prisoner obtained the burqa after a woman wearing two of the garments gave him one for his escape, AFP reported.
“In the future, besides deploying more police personnel, we will also ask visitors to lift up the veil covering their face as they leave the facility,” police spokesman Rikwanto told the news agency.
Roki was convicted in 2011 for recruiting members for an Islamic militant group based in Java, which plotted several terrorist attacks, aiming at churches and police, but most of them were not carried out, reported the Post. The prison where he was staying holds around 70 terror suspects.
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