Police in Belgium are now searching for nineteen convicts who are still at large two days after they escaped from a prison in the north of the country. Nine of the 28 initial groups of fugitives have now been recaptured. Chief Prosecutor Christian du Four says the search for the ringleaders has been widened. “As far as the two instigators are concerned, the ones who took the wardens hostage, a european arrest warrant will be launched”, he confirmed.
The two in question took several guards hostage at the prison at Dendermonde about 25 miles north west of Brussels. They released the other prisoners, scaled the outer walls and fled into the surrounding countryside. Most of the missing convicts are Eastern Europeans, mainly from Poland, Georgia, the Baltic States and the former Yugoslavia. No one was hurt in the jail break, during which most of the 200 inmates chose not to flee.