Helicopter jailbreak inmate captured in Belgium

4th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Abdel Had Kahjary Mulloul, one of three prisoners who took a helicopter rental pilot hostage and flew out of prison on 23 July, was detained on Sunday in Brussels, Belgian prosecutors said.

He was taken to the northern city of Bruges where he was questioned and appeared in court on Monday, justice officials added.

Police are still hunting for the two other inmates following the daring jailbreak in Bruges. Security forces across the world are on the lookout for Mohammed Johry and Ashraf Sekkaki after international police organisation Interpol issued an alert for the men.

Sekkaki, 26, who Interpol describes as one of Belgium's most dangerous criminals, has spent the last decade behind bars for his part in around a dozen attacks on banks, some of them involving hostages. He already escaped once from prison in September 2003 and managed to avoid capture for five months.

Interpol has issued a so-called "Orange Notice" to its 187 member states in a bid to recapture the fugitives.

Interpol secretary general Ronald Noble has said jailbreaks by helicopter were becoming "far too common".

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