Prisoner escapes from Ashdod courthouse

Shortly after the restraints were removed from his legs, Shimon Arjuan, 49, fled the court.

February 1, 2007 22:48
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Shimon Arjuan, an Ashdod resident, offered his best attempt of a replay of Benny Sela's disappearing act when he fled the Ashdod Magistrate's Court after being released from his leg shackles on Tuesday afternoon. Arjuan, 49, was transferred on Wednesday from Magen Prison to Shikma Prison and was taken the next morning for a hearing in Ashdod regarding the assault charges leveled against him. Arjuan was brought to the court by the police escort unit, but, according to police, was released from his leg shackles on a judge's orders. Shortly after the restraints were removed, Arjuan fled the court. He was only found hours later by a police patrol in the city's Rehov Hapalmah. Separately, an alleged thief, whose apparent partner in crime was shot dead by the man believed to be their intended victim, was indicted Thursday on charges of cattle rustling, possession of a burglary tool, and poisoning the intended victim's dog. Ayoub al-Hawashleh was treated for gunshot wounds at Soroka Medical Center last week after he was shot by Shai Dromi, and was later questioned and arrested. Dromi also allegedly shot dead Khaled al-Atrash, Hawashleh's partner, and was charged with manslaughter shortly after the incident.

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