West Nusa Tenggara Regional Police headquarters, where Dorfin escaped from. Photo: Google Maps

A French national accused of drug trafficking and possibly facing the death penalty broke out of a jail in Indonesia on Monday by sawing through the bars on a window.

Authorities have launched a manhunt.

Felix Dorfin, 35, sawed through the bars on a second-floor window and climbed to freedom using a sarong at a detention center on Lombok island on January 20, News18 reported.

The man was reportedly awaiting trial in a case that could see him given the death penalty. Dorfin had been arrested at an airport near Bali in September when officials found a false-bottomed suitcase filled with four kilograms of drugs, mainly cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy.

Prosecutors had yet to disclose if they were seeking the death penalty upon conviction before the Frenchman escaped custody.

Indonesia has some of the strictest drug laws in the world. Several foreign drug smugglers have been executed in the past. In 2015, Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad for running the Bali Nine heroin smuggling gang.

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