However, according to reports in the Kronen Zeitung and the Heute newspapers, the 36-year-old man who was mistakenly released has been ordered to return to prison to complete his sentence. He had only served two months of a six month sentence.
He was released on January 13th in place of a 22-year-old man who had just finished a ten month sentence for drug offences.
“Unfortunately mistakes do happen due to human error,” Linz prison boss Josef Pühringer said.
Last summer a convicted jewel thief from the notorious Pink Panther gang was released three years early from Garsten prison due to a computer error. He was later arrested in Switzerland.