Israeli Prison Service Removes Warden From Post Due to Lifer's Escape

After prisoner flees hospital room under noses of Nitzan Prison guards, panel punishes them, says warden must wait for 3 years before running another jail.

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Prisoner Yaron Sanker, in court in 2006. Due to his escape from Assaf Harofe Hospital in November, the Israel Prison Service has punished the warden and guards who were watching him.
Sanker in court in 2006. He was charged with murdering two people and had been hospitalized in November after a prolonged hunger strike.Credit: Moti Kimche

The Israel Prison Service has recommended the removal of Haim Morad, warden of Nitzan Prison, as a result of the escape of murderer Yaron Sankar from a hospital in November.

Morad will not be able to manage a prison for three years and will receive an official reprimand, as per the recommendations of an IPS committee that investigated the incident.

Sankar, who is serving a life sentence, fled his room in Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin under the noses of his guards and was at large for several hours before being captured.

The committee also found that the three prison guards who accompanied Sankar to the hospital and were meant to keep watch over him were derelict in their duties. They failed to keep him in their sight at all times, and Sankar jumped out of the window when they left him alone in the room unrestrained.

Two of the guards will be dismissed. The third will be brought up on disciplinary charges: Although he was not supposed to be in the room with the prisoner, he was responsible for ensuring that Sankar was properly restrained and that the windows, door and other parts of the room were properly secured.

In addition, several other staff members at Nitzan Prison will be disciplined for not properly instructing the guards in their duties before they accompanied Sankar to the hospital.

The prisoner, serving a sentence that began over a decade ago for the murders of two people, had been hospitalized following an 80-day hunger strike.

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