Criminal cases were formally filed against the six prisoners who broke out of the Gilboa Prison on Sept. 6.
Aside from the prisoners, the Northern District Attorney’s Office also filed an indictment at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Sunday against five additional inmates who aided the escapees.
Sources said the indictment focus solely on the actions of illegal fleeing confinement by the prisoners.
Of the six escapees, the most prominent was Zakaria Zubeidi, a Fatah commander who was responsible for multiple terrorist attacks and for killing many Israelis.
Munadil Nafayat, Iham Kahamji, Yaquob Qadiri, and brothers Mahmoud and Mohammed al-Arida were the other escapees – all of them are members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and from towns near Jenin.
Arik Yaacov, the service’s northern commander, hinted the escapees appeared to have opened a hole from their cell toilet floor to access passages formed by the prison’s construction.
Yaacov said the facility, about 4 km (2 miles) from the boundary with the occupied West Bank, is one of the highest-security jails in Israel and houses Palestinians convicted or suspected of anti-Israeli activities, including deadly attacks.