Austria: Escaped Afghan defies police with mocking social media post

The Austrian opposition has demanded the resignation of Justice Minister Alma Zadić

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Junge Freiheit
Austrian policemen check passports at the Slovakian border to Austria in Kittsee, Austria, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Theresa Wey)

A prisoner who escaped from police custody in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, has shared photos of himself consuming cannabis on social media.

The 16-year-old Afghan was due to be taken from the Gerasdorf juvenile detention center to a hospital in Wiener Neustadt on Monday for a routine examination but escaped on the way there.

Two prison officers were unable to capture the handcuffed teenager. Even using helicopters for the manhunt did not lead to his capture. The suspect would have been released from custody in two months.

Opposition demands resignation of the Justice Minister

Now the fugitive has apparently published photos on his Instagram account showing him consuming cannabis. In one picture, the handcuffs can still be seen, with a laughing emoji, along with the middle finger to the police.

The Lower Austrian State Secretary General Michael Schnedlitz of the opposition Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) was outraged by the incident. If the pictures actually show the wanted man, Lower Austria’s Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) and Federal Justice Minister Alma Zadić (Greens) would have to resign.

“The incompetence of the ÖVP and the Greens (is) simply pathetic and a security risk for the population,” Schnedlitz said.

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