Notorious killer Redoine Faid escapes French jail by helicopter

05 July, 2018, 08:04 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Police examine the scene where the helicopter used in the jailbreak was abandoned

France's Justice Ministry said 46-year-old Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" and no one was injured or taken a hostage at Reau Prison, located in the southeastern suburbs of Paris.

Redoine Faid, France's most famous gangster, is on the run after escaping by helicopter from a prison in the Paris region.

He was serving a 25-year sentence for planning a robbery where a police officer was killed. Faid's brother has been taken into custody for questioning. In 2013, he had taken four prison guards hostage before using dynamite to blow his way out of prison and fleeing in a waiting getaway vehicle. Faid is believed to have gotten away in a helicopter as the men distracted the guards.

Faid's crew had a small utility helicopter land in the prison yard in broad daylight, in the only area where there was not anti-helicopter netting.

But perhaps the most unbelievable thing about Redoine Faid's prison break is that it's the second time he's done it.

Stephane Buy told RTL radio on Wednesday that two men at a flying club near Paris on Sunday "forced me (to take off) and warned me my family was in danger". He was later released, in shock but with no physical injuries.

He took four guards hostage with a pistol before escaping in a getaway vehicle but was recaptured six weeks later at a hotel.

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One of his prison supervisors said that Faid had never had any disputes with staff, "but we must always be wary".

The brazen jailbreak of Faid, who has said he was inspired by movie baddies such as Tony Montana in "Scarface", began Sunday at an airfield northeast of Paris. Faid was charged with both the robbery and the 2013 escape last year, earning himself a 25-year sentence.

"It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand", BBC quoted France's Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet as saying.

A notorious French gangster has managed to escape prison again.

A well-known French criminal has escaped from prison by helicopter, the country's prison authority has said.

Incredibly, it's not the first time Faid has been involved in a spectacular jailbreak.

Faid, who grew up in tough immigrant suburbs outside Paris, has made several television appearances and co-authored two books about his delinquent youth and rise as a criminal in the Paris suburbs. Then faid served time in 8 years for PAROLE violations.

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