Mohamed Amra, the impossible escape in Belgium: Haemers, Dutroux, Kaplan were caught, just like Mostefa and De Groote

Mohamed Amra, the impossible escape in Belgium: Haemers, Dutroux, Kaplan were caught, just like Mostefa and De Groote
Mohamed Amra, the impossible escape in Belgium: Haemers, Dutroux, Kaplan were caught, just like Mostefa and De Groote

Time would be on the side of the 350 investigators. To survive on the run, Mohamed Amra, officially escaped after the horror of May 14 and this attack on a prison van which cost the lives of two agents, needs a lot of money and accomplices. “To hide, obviously, you have to pay. So it requires a lot, a lot of resources”, indicated Bruno, president of the Internal Security Initiative think tank, former RAID instructor. at France Info. For him, it will be“very difficult to keep up the distance”. thus evoking the one nicknamed “The Fly”, the most wanted in France, “Public enemy number 1.

It’s easier to escape than to organize a getaway.”

It’s easier to escape than to organize a getaway.”summarizes with -.fr Frédéric Ploquin, investigative journalist and writer “It’s what happens next that’s complicated. In escapes, the weak link is the human being. A cousin, an uncle, a sister, whoever… I imagine that part of her family is remorseful and would be likely to give information if she had any.t.”

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For to buy food,” he is not going to be delivered “, supposes the journalist. So you have to ask little hands to fetch the food. And it costs money. For the potential creation of false papers, same observation. “DIn this kind of case, driving very quickly in Belgium, taking a flight from the Netherlands to Algeria, it happens very quickly.

In the past, the big Belgian gangsters have managed much longer escapes. But they got caught.

The police managed to corner him, naked as a worm, in a libertine club where he had his habits.

Patrick Haemers, . with the band that bore his name, terrorized Belgium in the 1980s, notably with bloody armored van robberies. But above all he became a legend of banditry by kidnapping former Prime Minister Paul Van den Boeynants. Patrick Haemers was arrested after three months on the run in May 1989 in Brazil, where he was barely hiding to benefit from his fortune.

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Others managed to make much longer runs. This is the case of Abdelah Mostefa. The man was sentenced to thirty years in prison in 2010 for various offenses including the murder of the Jamioulx baker. He managed to escape from prison in 2011 in spectacular fashion. The fellow had found refuge in the Oran region. But it was in Brussels that he was cornered after three years on the run.

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Christian De Groote is also a man who had to be tracked down for a long time. The man was tried for the murder of Albana Margjeka before the Hainaut assizes. Once it was time for the verdict, he fled in November 2013. While everyone thought he was on the other side of the world, the police managed to corner him, naked as a worm, in a libertine club where he had his habits.

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On April 23, 1998, Marc Dutroux was taken from his cell in Arlon prison to consult his file at the Neufchâteau courthouse. For this, he is supervised by two gendarmes. The public enemy number 1 of the time is taken to a small room where he can consult the boxes containing the thousands of pages of his file. He asks for the handcuffs to be removed. Big mistake. Taking advantage of a moment of inattention, Marc Dutroux manages to leave the two gendarmes behind. In the country, indignation is very strong. Two ministers are forced to resign. Marc Dutroux was found a few hours later in a wood not far from there by Stéphane Michaux, a forest ranger, who was made a national hero. This surreal escape was the ultimate proof that Marc Dutroux was not a cog in a hyperorganized network. Otherwise, he could have benefited from complicity to ensure his escape.

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Murat, Kaplan, the “king of escape”, was known to be worth almost 20 years in prison. But his best-known feat of arms was an escape from Saint-Gilles prison. During this memorable escape, Kaplan, armed with firearms and grenades, took guards hostage before freeing his two accomplices. Using six guards, the deputy prison director, a nurse and a social worker as human shields, the trio of thugs headed towards the exit. Harry Van Oers, inspector general of prisons, then replaced the hostages. Using their hostage as a human shield in the front of a powerful car, the escapees managed to escape after a crazy chase through the streets of Brussels. During their run, they took another family hostage in Kortenberg and Tremelo, where Harry Van Oers was also released.

In the end, Kaplan surrendered.

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In all cases, to succeed in a long-term escapade, you need resources and logistics. We cannot hold on alone, without money and without assistance, for very long.

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