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Investigators moot identity switch hoax in Moscow prison flight

January 14, 13:37 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The man on the run may have assumed the identity of his cellmate, also an ethnic Tajik, about to be released from custody after a court ruling when the term of his arrest expired
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MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Investigators are probing what may have been the cunning escape from a Moscow detention centre by a suspected drugs offender - thought to have fled from his jailers disguised as a fellow inmate set for release.

Tajikistan-born Maruf Odinayev, 22 and suspected of trafficking, managed his sneak to freedom on Wednesday, law enforcement officials reported.

Investigators are now checking if the escape was due to warden negligence, said Yulia Ivanova, an official for the state Investigations Committee Moscow directorate.

Meanwhile, Yelena Rassokhina from the Moscow prosecutors offfice says the man on the run may have assumed the identity of his cellmate, also an ethnic Tajik, about to be released from custody after a court ruling when the term of his arrest expired.

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