Dutch police arrest 6 males, uncover makeshift torture chamber


THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch police arrested six males after discovering sea containers that had been transformed right into a makeshift jail and sound-proofed “torture chamber” full with a dentist’s chair, instruments together with pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a excessive rating officer introduced Tuesday.

Authorities mentioned police carried out the raid earlier than the torture chamber could possibly be used and alerted potential victims, who went into hiding.

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The grisly discovery was made final month by officers investigating leads generated by knowledge from encrypted telephones utilized by criminals that have been cracked lately by French police. Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested a whole lot of suspects based mostly on the encrypted messages.

Tuesday’s announcement gave a chilling perception into the more and more violent Dutch legal underworld, which is concerned within the giant scale manufacturing and trafficking of medication.

Dutch police mentioned final week that their investigations, code-named 26Lemont, based mostly on thousands and thousands of messages from the EncroChat telephones, had led to the arrest of greater than 100 suspects and seizure of greater than eight,000 kilograms (17,600 kilos) of cocaine and 1,200 kilograms (2,600 kilos) of crystal meth in addition to the dismantling of 19 artificial medication labs and seizure of dozens of firearms.

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On June 22, Dutch nationwide police pressure officers arrested six males on suspicion of crimes together with making ready kidnappings and severe assault. Detectives additionally found the seven transformed sea containers in a warehouse in Wouwse Plantage, a small village within the southwestern Netherlands, near the border with Belgium, in keeping with an announcement launched Tuesday.

They have been tipped off by messages from an EncroChat cellphone together with pictures of the container and dentist’s chair with belts connected to the arm and foot helps. The messages referred to as the warehouse the “remedy room” and the “ebi,” a reference to a high safety Dutch jail. The messages additionally reaveled identities of potential victims, who have been warned and went into hiding, police mentioned.

Video launched by the police confirmed a closely armed arrest staff blasting open a door on the warehouse and discovering the improvised jail. One other armed staff detained a suspect in Rotterdam.

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“Six of the containers have been meant as cells during which folks could possibly be tied up and one container was meant as a torture chamber,” Andy Kraag, head of the police’s Nationwide Investigation Service, mentioned in a video launched by police, including that the police operation “prevented quite a few violent crimes.”

A search of the containers uncovered baggage containing instruments together with hedge cutters, scalpels and pliers. The instruments “have been probably meant to torture victims or not less than put them below stress,” the police assertion mentioned.

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In searches of different properties, together with what police described as a base for the criminals close to the port metropolis of Rotterdam, officers discovered police uniforms and physique armor, stolen autos, 25 firearms and medicines.

A courtroom in Amsterdam ordered the six suspects held for 90 days as investigations proceed.

“This can be a nice results of the 26Lemont investigation,” Kraag mentioned. “And, take it from me, many extra outcomes will comply with.”

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