03:25 GMT28 January 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A dangerous convict with a 10-year sentence has escaped from a prison located in Southern France after receiving an exit permission, the Prison Supervisors Union (SPS) has reported, indicating severe shortcomings in the supervision of the prison administration. 

    In a statement released late on Sunday, the union said the inmate escaped last Thursday while on leave under exit permission granted to him by a judge for the enforcement of sentences, which is meant to determine the approach to how a sentence involving deprivation or restriction of liberty should be enforced.

    The incident occurred in the Arles Central House, a high-security prison designed for inmates with long sentences and those considered to have little chance of social reintegration.

    "The Prison Supervisors' Union is astonished at the disconcerting attitude with which the inmate was able to escape so easily and questions the usefulness of the Central House", the union said in a statement released late on Sunday.

    The SPS specified that the exit permission was granted to the convict, who has yet to serve 8 years in prison, to "sign papers," adding that sufficient security measures have not been provided before granting the leave. The inmate was accompanied by only two officers and without handcuffs.

    The union said the escapee was still on the run, shedding light on the poor security management in the prison and urged measures be taken to catch the fugitive.

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