Manhunt underway in Bekenu for escaped immigration detainee

The escapee.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Nov 13: Authorities are looking for a detainee who escaped from the Bekenu Immigration detention facility early this morning (Wednesday).

The detainee is believed to have been naked when he escaped from the detention facility as the authorities recovered his clothes and pants which were tangled in the razor wire fence.

Miri police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah confirmed receiving a report on the incident when met today at the ‘Townhall discussion’ session at Sarawak Islamic complex in Jalan Miri-Pujut.

“After preliminary checks at the scene, we believe that the detainee, a Bangladeshi, fled the facility by scaling its razor fence, and in the process of escaping, his clothes and pants were entangled on the fence,” Lim added.

The escape was discovered around 7.50am by the facility’s officer during a food distribution round.

Lim said, the detainee was confined in the facility (Immigration Depot) since September 6 this year.

“He was arrested in Bintulu under Section 15(1)(C) of the Immigration Act 1963 and was waiting his time to be deported back to his country of origin,” he explained.

There are three villages located adjacent to the detention facility — Kampung Hangus, Kampung Jambu and Kampung Bungai.

As of press time, the detainee has yet to be found and the manhunt is still ongoing. — DayakDaily