Swiss: Female Prison Guard Helps Syrian Rapist Flee from Jail

Swiss police on Tuesday launched a manhunt for a Syrian man convicted of rape, after he fled his cell along with a female prison guard.

The two fugitives may already have left the country, after the guard helped the prisoner break out of jail in Zurich on Monday night, Zurich cantonal police police said in a statement.

The 27-year-old Syrian man had been sentenced to four years in jail for rape.

According to initial police findings, the guard with whom he fled is 32 years old, though her name and nationality were not released.

The two fled the prison together, the statement said, and police launched a search operation as soon as they learnt of the jailbreak.