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World Politician escapes prison by climbing out window and fleeing on motorbike

18:55  03 october  2019
18:55  03 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A former Colombian politician who was jailed for electoral fraud has escaped from prison by shimmying down a rope and driving off on a motorbike . Aida Merlano, 43, had been taken to an orthodontist practice in Bogota but managed to climb out of the window using a red rope.

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A former Colombian politician who was jailed for electoral fraud has escaped from prison by shimmying down a rope and driving off on a motorbike.

Aida Merlano, 43, had been taken to an orthodontist practice in Bogota but managed to climb out of the window using a red rope.

Video footage shows her falling onto the street below before hopping onto a waiting motorbike and putting on a crash helmet handed to her by the driver.

The pair then speed away.

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The former congresswoman had been escorted to the doctor's office by a prison guard but was left alone when the doctor suggested the guard wait outside.

Aida Merlano climbed down a red rope onto the street below© Other Aida Merlano climbed down a red rope onto the street below

Authorities say an investigation is underway and there is a reward of 50 million Colombian pesos (£11,650) for information on her whereabouts.

Former director of the Colombian National Penitentiary and Prison Institure, General William Ruiz, said: "The guard that was with her (former Colombian lawmaker Aida Merlano) was in the waiting room.

"The inmate was taken into the doctor's office, the doctor suggested that the guard stay outside, and when the situation became apparent the guard found the material items that were used in the escape."

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The escape comes one week after one of the men made a courtroom vow of retribution, the Associated Press reports. The escape happened sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. By the time the prison realized they were gone, "it was clearly already too late," one nearby shop owner

Mr Ruiz has since been fired from his post, according to local media.

Merlano was sentenced to 15 years in prison last month for buying votes in the 2018 parliamentary election, as well as illegal firearms possession.

She surrendered to authorities last year after an investigation was launched into her election and around 268 million pesos (£60,000) in cash and firearms were discovered at her campaign headquarters.

The politician had used a QR code system to check that those she paid had actually voted for her.

a person wearing a black shirt: Aida Merlano was jailed for electoral fraud and possession of illegal firearms© Other Aida Merlano was jailed for electoral fraud and possession of illegal firearms She is the first Colombian politician to be jailed for buying votes.

Merlano was due to appear at a hearing discussing the possibility of reducing her sentence on the day she escaped.

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