Prison break mastermind caught in France

10th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

TOULOUSE, France, July 10, 2007 (AFP) - A 23-year-old Belgian on the run for nearly a year after a brazen jail break has been caught in France, police said Monday.

TOULOUSE, France, July 10, 2007 (AFP) - A 23-year-old Belgian on the run for nearly a year after a brazen jail break has been caught in France, police said Monday.

Zakaria Elaagbani, who had been accused of armed robbery, was allegedly one of the two ringleaders of the August 2006 Termonde jail break in northwestern Belgium in which 28 prisoners fled in the largest such escape in the country.

He was arrested on Friday in the southwestern French city of Toulouse after a foot chase. Authorities had placed various locations in the Toulouse region Elaagbani was believed to frequent under surveillance over the last six months.

The escape occurred after three prison guards were briefly taken hostage by detainees, who then stole their keys before climbing over the prison walls.

Since the escape, Elaagbani occasionally called police and said, "You will never have me!"

He was also wanted in France on charges of theft.


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