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    The Great Escape: Norwegian Prison Break Turns Into Thriller

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    A Norwegian convict, who escaped from prison in late April, was arrested last week after six months on the run and a remarkably wild journey, worthy of an action thriller or a riveting road movie. During the course of his outing, the Norwegian man cycled 500 kilometers, hijacked three boats and survived on burglary.

    The native of Tromsø in polar Norway, who is currently is his 40s, was sentenced last November to eight years' imprisonment for assaulting his daughter and another girl. When he was transferred from Vadsø to Bergen prison in southern Norway, the inmate was sent unaccompanied by plane. At a stopover at Gardermoen airport in Oslo, the man took off, the Norwegian national broadcaster NRK reported.

    Since that, not a trace of the fugitive was found until a stolen sailboat was observed far away from the airport. However, the getaway continued on foot to the village of Minnesund, situated some 30 kilometers from Gardermoen airport. There, the escapee stole a bicycle and rode undisturbedly to Sogn og Fjordane County, 500 kilometers away.

    Along the way, he broke into several cottages and holiday homes, where he fortified himself with food, alcohol and clothing. Three sailboat hijackings later, he found himself in his native Nordland County in northern Norway, where he was arrested, after a frenetic flight spanning nearly six months and hundreds of kilometers.

    According to police spokeswoman Elin Norgård Strand, the plan was to flee further north to a place in Nordland, which the jail breaker associated with his childhood. Now, the runaway awaits a new case. Meanwhile, he is serving his sentence.

    Jorid Midtlyng, Director of Correctional Services in Region North, told NRK last week that procedures have been reviewed after the incident to prevent inmates from being transferred unaccompanied.

    "In this type of transfer, we must ensure more staffing. In addition, we will provide more legal expertise for the staff. We also need to address the general sense of legal protection we must give to people. We want people in the community to rest assured that we maintain the necessary security as far as it goes," Midtlyng told NRK.


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