Belgium’s Most Wanted Fugitive Extradited From Brazil
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Patrick Haemers, Belgium’s most-wanted fugitive, was extradited from Brazil on Sunday to face trial for kidnapping a former prime minister and staging 12 holdups in which four people were killed.
Haemers, 37, was flown in a Belgian air force C-130 transport plane that made a refueling stop in the Canary Islands.
He was arrested in Rio de Janeiro with his wife, French-born Denise Tyack Du Bon, 35, and Belgian Axel Zeyen, 34. They also were extradited.
The plane landed at an air force base in Koksijde, 75 miles west of Brussels, and the three were driven to the nation’s criminal police headquarters in Brussels.
Brazilian authorities kept Haemers’ departure date a secret. As a further precaution, guards spirited him out the back door of his prison.
Haemers escaped from a police van in 1987 in Brussels and eluded authorities until he was caught in Rio last May. At the time of his escape, he was charged with 12 holdups in which four people were killed and four injured.
He also is charged with kidnapping former Prime Minister Paul Vanden Boeynants in Brussels in early 1989. The politician was released unharmed a month after his family paid an undisclosed ransom.
No trial dates have been set.