[Fatima Ridha, a Lebanese journalist for the London-based al-Hayat] managed to interview [Walid al-Bustani, a radical Fatah al-Islam member] before his escape [from Roumieh prison], entered the prison under the guise of being a female inmate belonging also to Fatah al-Islam. She told Al Arabiya TV that the Lebanese authorities in the prison believed in her staged role, and therefore did not ask for any identification.
Wow, talk about lax security measures. I thought Roumieh prison was dedicated to male inmates. Why would a female even be present? Well, apparently the journalist doesn’t consider it worthy of commenting:
“I do not want to give great importance for the fact that I entered the prison, but my ability to enter the prison indicates that there are security voids,” she said. “I spent eight hours in the prison talking with al-Bustani and other two prisoners from Fatah al-Islam from behind a barbed- wire barrier.”
Not important? So an interview with a fanatic holds more weight than a compound that houses 4,000 men who seem to be able to come and go as they please.