Jailbirds land in police net.
DUBAI - The police have managed to arrest two prisoners, who jumped the Dubai Central Jail on January 18, after weeks of intensive search.
They were, in fact, among the four detainees who had escaped from the Muraqqabat police detention centre in December 2010 but were rearrested later.
The duo who escaped from the Central Jail and were rearrested have been identified as an Iraqi named Jaffer and an Iranian named I. Yassin. Khaleej Times broke the news of their escape on January 20 and Jaffer was arrested the next day, but the police had not disclosed his arrest fearing that Yassin would flee the country.
Yassin was arrested from Karama area of Ajman around 3am on Wednesday with the help of the local police and the Armed Forces.
Lt-Gen Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, said praised the efforts and persistence of the CID teams for more than a month till the "dangerous duo", who were convicted of armed robberies and other serious crimes, were arrested.
Maj-Gen Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, who supervised the manhunt, said the prisoners escaped without any help in a well-planned manner. Since then, the police had issued circulars about them to all border checkpoints and eateries, and worked day and night to arrest them.
Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation, said police teams gathered all available data about them and their methods. Jaffer was arrested from Humaidan area in Dubai on January 21, but the news was not leaked. Recently, the Dubai Police came to know of a theft in Ajman. The method used resembled that of the fugitive. Dubai cops, in coordination with the local police and Armed Forces, monitored commercial areas in Ajman and Yassin was finally nabbed from Karama area around 3am on Wednesday.
During police interrogation, the Iranian said that he had moved from one emirate to another to dodge the police. When he escaped from the Central Jail, he had Dh3,000 on him, so he could manage his personal needs including food. He lived in deserted houses in Ajman.
Brig Al Mansouri praised the UAE police and armed forces and called on the public to cooperate with the authorities and inform the police if they see any suspects or anyone who has flouted the residency laws.
Jaffer and Yassin were among the four detainees who escaped from the Muraqqabat police detention centre in December 2010 when they went to make phone calls to their families. Within two days and after a dramatic rooftop chase, the police arrested two of them. The other two were arrested later. The four were convicted by the Dubai Court of First Instance last year and sent to the Dubai Central Jail.
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