' Heli-escape Benaouf a. was well organized '
The planned liberation of criminal Benaouf a. was a "well organized and coordinated hijacking-and escape plan", including rented helicopter flight, stolen cars, firearms and ammunition. That argued the Prosecutor in the first introductory session in this matter, for which a total of seven suspects are arrested.
Five of them, in the age of nineteen to 27 years, had to stand trial Wednesday for the Amsterdam Court. Only one suspect was actually present.
The failed escape attempt took place on 11 October. Suspect Ismail el m., a well known in the underworld, wanted to hire a helicopter recently, ostensibly for his girlfriend to surprise with a scenic flight. The rental company trusted the police and not signalled in. It soon became apparent that the actual goal indeed was different, namely the freeing from prison inmate criminal Benaouf a. in Roermond. That turned out to be the escape itself by phone from his cell to have settled. So he had a picture of the prison floor plan sent to the suspects.
De recherche drew heavily on phones and erases the hijacking of the helicopter on the Brabantse Kempen airport in Budel. During the chase that ensued became one suspect, a thirty-year-old Frenchman, was shot dead.
The following proformazitting is on March 28. All seven suspects expected, including the Colombian which would act as a pilot of the helicopter. He claims that during the action a second detainee would be released, but it is unclear to whom it would go.
The man to whom the helicopter turned plan, Benaouf a., is a prison for a winding up in Antwerp.