Viral Video: Italian mafia boss escapes from high-security jail using bed sheets
An Italian mob boss has escaped from his high-security cell by climbing down a makeshift bedsheet rope — and remains at large as officials probe the security lapse that allowed the don to flee.
The escape of 40-year-old, Marco Raduano from the Badu’e Carros prison in Sardinia went unnoticed for two hours because the operations room at the facility was reportedly unmanned at the time and no one had an eye on security footage of the prison break, the New York Postreports.
Cameras captured the reputed boss of the Sacra Corona Unita Mafia clan in southern Italy scaling down a stone wall using the rope of bedsheets before jumping to the grass below and running away.
The mob boss was able to quickly scale the prison’s perimeter fence and escape in the small city of Nuoro on the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of the mainland Italian peninsula, according to The Times.
Here's the video:
Come fa un boss mafioso a evadere da un carcere di massima sicurezza? Calandosi con le lenzuola annodate dal muro di cinta. È successo a Nuoro con la fuga di Marco Raduano pic.twitter.com/XJOyWf1OGS— Marco Fattorini (@MarcoFattorini) February 26, 2023
“This daring escape from one of Italy’s most secure jails was due to staff shortages,” union leader Giovanni Villa told Italian newspaper, Il Messaggero.
Budget cuts had meant only 50 guards were tasked with watching the jail’s 180 inmates, many of whom are some of Italy’s most notorious mafiosi and hit men, the outlet said.
The mob boss was reportedly said to be a model prisoner who had used his job on an upper-floor library to observe the timings of guards who patrolled the facility, and timed his breakout accordingly.
“The prisoner from Puglia escaped in a daring way from one of the safest penitentiaries in Italy. It seems he had everything ready and that the escape was well planned for some time,” Villa said, according toThe Telegraph.
“We have been denouncing [the] lack of personnel for months and this is the main factor that compromised security.”
Raduano was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 18 years for cocaine trafficking, according to the report. Furthermore, he was facing murder charges when he busted out of the big house, The Telegraph reported.
His escape coincided with a fireworks display in his hometown of Vieste, prompting the local mayor to put out a statement denying that the celebration was linked to the prison break.
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