Convicts escape during prison soccer match

January 30th, 2009 - 4:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Buenos Aires, Jan 30 (IANS) Five inmates taking part in a soccer match at a prison in the central Argentine city of Santa Rosa took advantage of the guards’ distraction to escape, EFE reported.The prisoners, four of them serving time for armed robbery and the fifth a convicted killer, made their getaway Wednesday.

Authorities said guards became aware the five men were missing when they noticed the opposing soccer teams were not at full strength.

The commander of the La Pampa provincial police, Ricardo Baudaux, said he ordered an investigation into possible complicity on the part of prison personnel and that his force was carrying out an intensive search for the escapees.

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