French murderer escapes from prison by helicopter

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Redoine Faid's escape spurred a massive manhunt across greater Paris.

This is the second time the career criminal has pulled off a daring jailbreak.

"This was a spectacular escape".

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told Europe 1 radio that she had sent a team of inspectors to the jail "to see whether the security measures were defective so that we can rectify them".

Faid, along with two accomplices, was convicted for the murder of the policewoman. "The two men used a grinding machine to open the door to the visiting room where Faid was and picked him up and left".

When the chopper arrived, Faid was meeting with his brother in the visiting room.

Afterward, three armed men created a diversion at the prison entrance as the hijacked helicopter touched down in the courtyard, according to the news site.

Earlier Sunday, Faid's associates had taken a helicopter pilot hostage at a nearby flight school, forcing him to fly to the prison, the BBC reported. The 46-year-old is believed to have fled in a vehicle with the armed accomplices. All the hostages were released unharmed.




"The escape only lasted a few minutes", the statement said.

Faid's brother, Brahim, was detained by authorities for questioning.

Faid, who has a cult following in the tough immigrant suburbs outside Paris where he grew up, has made several television appearances.

The prison break came a little over five years after Faid broke out of the Sequedin prison on April 13, 2013. He carried out that escape "with explosives hidden in tissue packs", according to The Associated Press, and was apprehended again just weeks later at a hotel.

In the 1990s, he led a gang involved in robbing banks and armored vans. He was arrested in 1998 after three years on the run in Switzerland and Israel, according to the French media.

The helicopter was later found in a northeastern suburb of Paris about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the prison.

After completing a 10-year prison sentence, Faid wrote a book in 2009 about his life in crime.

Less than a decade later, on a warm Sunday morning, a small white helicopter would fly over the prison's plentiful foliage and land in the aforementioned courtyard.

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