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Convict escaped jail marred by corrupt management

A CENTRAL China jail's management had been investigated for corruption before a prisoner, who is still on the run, escaped from it on Sunday.

The jail's former warden is being investigated for allegedly taking bribes, linked to another corruption case involving the province's top jail management officer, today's China Youth Daily reported, citing Wang Yuanrong, office dean of the Deshan Prison in Hunan Province's Changde City.

The Hunan disciplinary supervisory committee launched the bribery investigation of warden Xiang Jianrong in August, two months after the investigation of Liu Wanqing, former director of the Hunan Prison Administrative Bureau, the newspaper reported.

The latest escape occurred on Sunday morning when the prisoners started work, according to Wang.

But he denied previous media reports that the prisoner, 38-year-old Liu Hong, had tunneled his way out of the jail. Liu used a ladder to climb over the 4.5-meter-high jail fence to escape, Wang said.

There are 60,000-volt cables above the wall and anyone touching the cable would die immediately, he noted. "Apparently, Liu carried out the escape after careful planning," Wang said.


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