Prison break ends in apology

A MANHUNT that riveted Japan ended yesterday when police captured a Chinese convict who bolted from a Hiroshima penitentiary on Wednesday in his underwear in the country’s first prison break in more than two decades.

Police found Li Guolin, who was serving a 23-year sentence for attempted murder, near an elementary school in the southern Japanese city on Friday.

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The government’s top spokesman apologised for the escape and vowed tougher measures to keep inmates secure. Li, leader of a gang of burglars, was convicted in 2005 for shooting at a policeman and stealing a squad car.