French convict gets 17 years for jail break

16th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Notorious armoured car robber Antonio "Nino" Ferrara who escaped from jail in 2003 by using automatic weapons and explosives is sentenced to 17 years in prison.

PARIS – A French court handed down Monday a 17-year prison term to Antonio "Nino" Ferrara for a spectacular 2003 jail break involving automatic weapons and explosives.

Ferrara, 35, a notorious armoured car robber, was sprung from Fresnes prison outside Paris on 12 March 2003 in a military-style raid by his fellow gang members.

One of his former lawyers, Karim Achoui, was sentenced to seven years in prison for complicity.

A prison guard was handed a 12-year term for abetting Ferrara's escape, and 12 others received terms ranging from suspended sentences to 11 years in jail. Two people were acquitted.

Some 70 police were stationed in the courtroom, where relatives shouted insults and threats as the sentences were handed down.

[AFP / Expatica]

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