Last Thursday, the Egyptian programme Al Qahira Al Youm profiled Mahmoud Ibrahim Mahmoud Mohammed, a prisoner who walked out of Abu Zaabal prison during the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.
Mohammed explained that, on a Saturday, the inmtes were surprised to find there was no security in the prison. The routine of the prison guards was to open doors to bring in food and clothes. This time, there were no provisions, only the opportunity to walk out with no resistance.
Mohammed, serving a 3 year sentence for drugs, has already done 1 year and 8 months. So, after staying outside for a few days, he decided he would complete the sentence, then return to life as a free man.