Second human trafficker escapes

A second man serving a four-year prison sentence for human trafficking has escaped after being given a weekend’s leave, justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told MPs on Thursday evening.

The minister says it appears the authorities forgot to check with the public prosecution department to see if the request was reasonable. The department would have recommended refusing it, the minister said.
The minister did not give any more details about the case.
In September, human trafficker Saban Baran left the country after was given a week’s leave to bond with his new baby despite being a known flight risk. He was serving a 7.5-year sentence and last week was given a further eight years in jail in absentia.
That escape prompted the minister to tighten up the regulations for compassionate leave.

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