The selected volunteers, who must live locally and be at least 18 years old, are in store for an experience that borders on a reality TV plot when they enter "Gefaegnis Zurich West” — Zurich West Prison — to test the pre-trial detention and jail services.
"The escapees include Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians, among other foreigners," a judicial told AFP. A security source confirmed the escape method, saying the prisoners were likely aided by someone on the outside.
It wasn't clear whether the escapade succeeded in winning back the heart of the young woman, also 18, who had broken up with him by phone. The man is being investigated for trespassing and unauthorised contact with prisoners.
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted that he himself was also "affected" by the tough rules being imposed for people to stay at home and observe social distancing to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.
By early afternoon on Saturday, 15 had been recaptured, and another four had handed themselves back in, leaving 44 on the run. "A manhunt is...underway to arrest the remaining fugitive prisoners," police said in a statement.
The incident, recorded by the CCTV cameras, took place at a police station in Tamarind, in which one of the two suspects takes a piece of wire and a hidden paper clip, and uses it skillfully to pick up the key that locks the prison door.
A pair of prison guards were held hostage for at least nine hours by two dangerous inmates at a Swedish jail, demanding pizza as ransom. The guards were later released when the pizza was delivered, Stina Lills, a spokeswoman for the prison administration.