Suspects in helicopter escape remain in custody

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The five people suspected in connection with the dramatic escape from a high security prison in Bruges last month will remain in police custody.

On 23 July three prisoners escaped from prison in Bruges by helicopter. Abdelhaq Melloul Khayari was the first of the three to be recaptured in Brussels. Khayari's brother and his landlord are also in prison because they gave the escaped convict shelter.

Lesley Deckers, the woman who helped to organise the escape, and Latifa Raïss, the woman who gave her a place to hideout in Beringen, must also remain in police custody. Raïss' lawyer said he would appeal the decision.

Kelly Slegers, the woman who gave Lesley Deckers the hideout address in Beringen, will appear in court on Tuesday.

The other two convicts who escaped from prison, Mohamed Johri and Ashraf Sekkaki, were captured by Moroccan police and will be tried in Morocco.

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