Belgian police are hunting a man known as the “Prison Break King”, who used a helicopter in his latest escape. Nordine Ben Allal is 28 but already this is the fourth time he has broken out of jail. Several accomplices hijacked the helicopter from a nearby hangar, forcing the pilot to land in the grounds of Ittre high-security prison during evening exercise time.
A crowd of inmates quickly engulfed the helicopter, causing it to crash. Ben Allal and one of his conspirators, who had come armed, took advantage of the confusion and ran out of an exit that had been opened to evacuate injured convicts. A car was awaiting them outside.
Ben Allal has been sentenced to a total of 55 years in a violent criminal career in which he has shot two policemen. But Ben Allal’s sister defended his actions saying he was humiliated by prison guards. “If he dared ask for anything they just told him ‘just look at what you’ve done’, they spoke to him badly and had no respect for another human being,” she said.
In the past, Ben Allal’s escape tactics have included running from a prison van, walking out of jail wearing a wig and sunglasses, and scaling a high penitentiary wall with a rope ladder.