Swiss prisoner escapes colony settlement to avoid deportation.

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VLADIKAVKAZ, July 23 (Itar-Tass) — Police in North Ossetia believes that the Swiss citizen Martin Hoisler escaped from a penal colony settlement located several kilometres away from Vladikavkaz on Thursday because he didn’t want to return to his home country.

Hoisler was convicted last year fro illegal trespassing of the state border. He had one day left till his release.

A source at the branch of the Federal Service for the Execution of Punishments for North Ossetia told Itar-Tass that the Swiss had run away because he didn’t want to return to Switzerland where he had problems with the law.

Shortly after Hoisler’s release from colony, the Federal Migration Service had to organize his deportation to Switzerland because Hoisler didn’t have any documents.

Hoisler was detained at the border checkpoint of Verkniy Zaramag, which is located near the northern portal of the Roki tunnel, which connects Russia to South Ossetia. He accepted Islam in Turkey several years ago. After detention, the South Ossetian law enforcers checked his possible links to underground rebel groups in the North Caucasus.

At present, North Ossetian police and commando units are searching for the fugitive.

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