26 countries search for French gangster after brazen prison escape

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LILLE, France- The brazen escape of a notorious gangster in France may be due partly to a problem plaguing the prison that couldn’t hold him: overcrowding.

There is a clear “overpopulation problem in the Sequedin prison and this hinders the job of guarding prisoners,” a spokesman for the French Ministry of Justice told CNN on Sunday, commenting on the escape of Redoine Faid.

Faid allegedly held five people, including four guards, at gunpoint at the detention center in the northern city of Lille on Saturday, officials said.

He burst his way to freedom by allegedly detonating explosives that destroyed five doors, penitentiary union spokesman Etienne Dobrometz told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

His whereabouts are unknown.

French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira told reporters on Saturday that a European arrest warrant covering 26 countries had been issued and that Interpol had been called in.

An Interpol spokesman told CNN no public notice had been issued on Faid. Interpol can also issue “restricted” notices that are not public. The spokesman did not say whether one had been issued in this case.

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French prison escapee Redoine Faid. Courtesy CNN.

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  • NAVYTOWN

    He was given a 30 year prison sentence in the late 90s for robbing multiple banks. He was paroled after only 10 years. Then arrested again in 2011. He should have been kept in prison the entire 30 years.
    Now he escapes by blowing several prison doors with DYNAMITE!!! Excuse me for asking, but HOW did he access dynamite while in prison???? Sounds like the inmates are smarter than the guards in French prisons.