A former contract killer was indicted Wednesday for a brazen – if short-lived – escape from custody at a central Israel hospital one night last November.
Yaron Sankar, 41, was serving two life sentences for a double murder in 2003 when he slipped out of his hospital room at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center at around 10:30 p.m. on November 15 last year. Sankar had been moved to the hospital a little over two weeks earlier after his health declined due to a long hunger strike, which he had launched to protest the conditions of his imprisonment.
On the 85th day of his hunger strike, he decided to make a break for it and “exploited the fact that the jailers guarding him were not paying attention to him,” according to the indictment issued in the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Sankar’s right hand and left leg were cuffed to his hospital bed, but he managed to slip out of the constraints – and to this day it is unclear how, the indictment states.