Belgium's 'most wanted' on the run

9th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

9 August 2004, BRUSSELS - One of Belgium's most dangerous criminals has escaped jail for the third time, it emerged on Monday.

9 August 2004

BRUSSELS - One of Belgium's most dangerous criminals has escaped jail for the third time, it emerged on Monday.

Nordine Ben Allal, serving a 27-year sentence for a series of violent crimes, escaped from the Nivelles prison on Sunday evening, according to the Belga news agency.

He managed to scale a security perimeter with the help of an accomplice at the other side who threw him a rope attached to a car.

It is the third time Ben Allal has escaped prison and gone on the run.

On 2 October 2000, he faked a leg injury, and on the way to court in a prison van he managed to slip out of his handcuffs and run off.

In January 2001, his younger brother Yacine paid him a visit in jail and during a toilet break, the two men swapped clothes.

Belgium's 'public enemy number one' was recaptured two months later.

The 25-year old has been convicted by the Belgian authorities for a number of serious and violent crimes.

His first conviction was for a hold-up when he was just 19.

Since that time, he has terrorised Belgium with a series of home-jackings, car-jackings, armed robbery and theft.

Among the most serious assaults was a car-jacking in 2000 in the commuter town of Braine-l'Alleud in which the victim died.

Another jeweller who was attacked by Ben Allal now has a life-long disability.

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Subject: Belgian news

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