26 May 2011

THE FUGITIF

Jenny Matlock
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letter F


This not a fairy tale, but a true story which happened a few years ago in Belgium

A felon who was already 5 years in prison for aggravated battery, burglery and drug dealing had still more than 8 years to do. But during a medical visit at hospital, he managed to escape and was searched all over the country and in whole Europe for months.


For an unknown reason one day the fugitif decided that life in liberty wasn't that nice and he was better in prison. He decided to give up as nobody catched him and presented himself at the door of a prison in Verviers, a city in the south of Belgium. As he was not in possession of his identity card (!), the prison's employes refused to let him in and sent him away ! But that wasn't all, they even suggested him to go to the city administration and ask for a new card ! I think this is the first country were a criminal fugitif has to have an identity card* to be admitted in a prison.


The man had been initially incarcerated in Gent, a flemish speaking town, but he spoke only French. When he had decided to give up his life as a fugitif and go back to prison life, he didn't want to go back to a Flemish speaking prison, but prefered a French speaking one that's why he choose Verviers in the French speaking part of Belgium.


During his escape, the fugitif had been arrested twice, once because he had no car insurance and once during a police control for an alcohol test. Each time he was released. Apparently nobody wanted him although he still was actively searched by the police all over the country and abroad.

When he finally was arrested, the director of the prison who had refused to let him in, explained to the press the reason why the man wasn't admitted : "We have never seen this person before, because he wasn't incarcerated here. We had no possibility to identify him because he had no papers, everybody could pretend that he was him (!!)and we would be accused to arrest an innocent, and anyway our prison is full and we have no space for eventual intruders" !

Don't forget your identity card, if ever you want to spend some time in a Belgian prison, they are fully booked !




* All citizens of Europe, except the UK have to have an identity card with which is like a sort of passport, driver licences, as in the USA are not valid.

19 comments:

Olive Tree said...

oh my gosh, that's humorous and scary at the same time. I would not want to stumble upon this guy. Nice writing, I enjoyed reading it.

Linens and Royals said...

I think true stories are always the funniest. We don't have identity cards here (yet) but I am sure a computer somewhere knows all about us.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

That is wild. I can't believe someone would ask to be there if they didn't have to be.

jen said...

Seriously? Scary.

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

This is what happens when a government gets too much power-common sense flies out the window in favor of political correctness. Silly! Thanks for sharing!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

That's pretty funny and really scary!

Prison must be a lot of fun in Belgium if people are trying to get in...

A Lady's Life said...

lol this is true and funny if it wasn't so sad.
You get more freedom in jail than you do in life outside.
They give you room and board and you can do things there and even make a living outside the walls with a friends help come out one day a rich man.

ellen b. said...

That is really wild, especially the part about him wanting back in prison. Makes you wonder if our prison systems are too soft on inmates...

claudie said...

Sounds life in your prisons is nicer than in ours!!! I don't know anyone here who would want to go back in prison after escape! Only DSK could prefer french prison! Claude Guéant found a place for him!

Ames said...

This is just too funny Gattina!~Ames

Our Village is a Little Different said...

The truth is stranger than fiction.. isn't it?

Keda said...

Oh good heavens! The red tape in this world often flabbergasts me. Such an interesting story.

Vicki aka Jake said...

I can only imagine the thoughts going through the guys mind as he was trying to commit himself...haha

Great F story!

Judie said...

Gattina, what a story! It is the perfect post for Alphabe-Thursday!

I was late posting mine, but it is up now. Check it out!!

Pondside said...

Truth is definitely stranger than fiction!

Teresa said...

Such a funny story! I hope he finally made his way back into prison if that's where he wants to be.

Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Totally incredible! Where is the world going... I bet this could even happen over here, our society has become soooo strange in many ways!

Sometimes I wonder if peoples brain has been totally damaged???

Jenny said...

Wow! What a fascinating (and almost unbelievable) story.

I guess self-surrender only works if they believe who you are!

What a fun twist for the letter "F". I'm sending this along to my husband to read. I know he'll get a chuckle out of it, too.

Thanks for linking.

A+

Splendid Little Stars said...

Amazing!
Fascinating!
Almost unbelievable!

Scary!