Michael Müslü, 34, and Ulrich Wolfgang Siegfried Ziegler, 25, escaped from Moabit prison in the early hours of Tuesday morning, simply by sawing through the metal bars in their cells and getting over a barbed wire fence using a blanket. It took almost three hours for guards to notice they had gone.
On Thursday lunchtime police released pictures of the two men and appealed for anyone who had seen them to get in touch.
Müslü is 192 centimetres tall, weighs 100 kilos and has a scorpion tattoo on his chest. He is accused of murdering a Berlin nightclub owner.
Ziegeler, who was in prison for fraud, also weighs around 100 kilos, is 194 centimetres tall and wears glasses. He has a scar on his head.
He left a note in his cell stating he would return in three weeks. “Got to take care of something,” the note read.
The ease of the escape has proved embarrassing for Berlin’s justice authorities. Disciplinary action is being taken against four of the guards, but the state of the prison’s security has also been criticized. Its guard towers have not been manned for years and building work is currently underway on the site.
Guards ignored the alarm when it went off, believing it was related to the construction work.
Anyone with information should contact Berlin police on 030 4664 9781 10.