Repeated escaped convict faces trial in The Netherlands

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The Belgian convict, who has escaped prison four times, stands accused of being involved in armed robbery in The Hague.

22 April 2008

AMSTERDAM - A Dutch court is due to rule Tuesday in the case against Belgian Nordin Benallal, 28, suspected of having been involved in the armed robbery of a motorbike store in October 2007 in The Hague.

The week before the robbery, Benallal had escaped from the high-security prison in Itter, Belgium, where he was serving a jail sentence.

The public prosecutor in The Hague has demanded a two-week prison sentence for Benallal and 4.5 years imprisonment for his accomplice.

Benallal, who has a history of violent crime, has escaped prison four times, the first time in 1998.

During his last spectacular escape from the high-security prison in Itter (photo), his accomplices crashed a hijacked helicopter into the prison yard.

They managed to give him a Kalashnikov rifle, enabling Benallal to leave the prison and drive off in an escape car waiting outside.

Belgium filed an extradition request for Benallal immediately following his arrest in The Netherlands in October.

It is expected that the extradition request will only be dealt with after Tuesday's sentence or after Benallal has finished serving his possible jail term in The Netherlands.

The Itter prison is one of Belgium's highest security jails. Its most notorious inmate is paedophile murderer Marc Dutroux.

[dpa / ANP / Expatica]

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