Gangster Murat asks for forgiveness
31 July 2006, BRUSSELS — Prior to his arrest last Friday, fugitive gangster Kaplan Murat wrote a letter to the Belgian media explaining his actions and seeking forgiveness.
31 July 2006
BRUSSELS — Prior to his arrest last Friday, fugitive gangster Kaplan Murat wrote a letter to the Belgian media explaining his actions and seeking forgiveness.
Murat's letter explains why he failed to return to prison after being granted penitentiary leave and outlines the circumstances of his escape.
In the letter, Murat apologises for his actions, stressing that a return to the Ittre prison after his penitentiary leave was an unbearable prospect.
"Yes, I have done reprehensible things. But nothing justifies all those years in prison. I have not killed anyone and have not raped anyone," he said.
Awakening from a coma 15 months ago — after being shot by a police officer during an attempted theft in 2005 — Murat claims he decided to change his life and make amends for all the wrongs he had committed.
The letter also states he then entrusted his faith in the judiciary to be granted parole. But he then realised mid-July that he a favourable decision was not forthcoming despite positive recommendations.
He was also heavily affected by the fact he was unable to be with his girlfriend and her daughter.
Consequently, Murat decided to flee after being granted the temporary leave. But he now describes the decision to flee as a desperate decision.
In the last paragraph, Murat writes that he hopes to be quickly sentenced for the theft in 2005. "I can then look forward to a new chance of conditional release," he said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news