The helicopter company and pilot who were victims of a hijacking on Friday, have decided to be a civil party to the ongoing judicial investigation.
Three suspects booked a helicopter flight on Friday to take aerial photographs over Brussels. When the plane flew over the Brussels courthouse, the passengers took out firearms. The pilot was threatened and forced to fly towards the women’s section of Forest Prison, where the main suspect’s wife is imprisoned.
The helicopter was unable to land in the courtyard and set course for Hélécine (in the province of Walloon Brabant), where the suspects stepped out and fled.
The Antwerp federal judicial police were able to arrest the main suspect and his adoptive father on Saturday evening near Brussels. Not much later, two other suspects were also deprived of their freedom in Limburg.
The examining magistrate decided on Sunday to release the adoptive father subject to conditions. The other three suspects were arrested for violent theft in a gang with a gun, participation in a criminal organisation, unlawful deprivation of liberty and attempted escape.
The trio will appear in front of the council chamber in Antwerp on Friday.