Frenchman Jean-Claude Lacote, needed since 1996 for killing a British representative has been captured in Abidjan, following 23-years on the run.
The criminal even allegedly facilitated an unscripted television wrongdoing program and arranged a brassy jail break. Lacote, 53, and his significant other Hilde Van Acker, 56, were each condemned to life in their nonappearance for the executing of representative Marcus Mitchell who was shot twice in the head in Belgium in 1996.
The pair, recorded on Europol’s most needed rundown, fled Belgium in the outcome of the homicide just to reemerge two decades later in Ivory Coast.
“The two were arrested in Abidjan. Lacote on Wednesday night and Mrs Van Acker on Thursday morning,” Brussels prosecutors spokesman Celine D’Have told AFP.
Belgian prosecutors will ask for the couple to be extradited from the Ivory Coast. After fleeing Europe, initially for Brazil, Lacote landed up in South Africa where he launched a TV career, hosting ten episodes of a reality crime programme Duty Calls, according to a 2016 report in Britain’s Independent daily.
The programme highlighted how the police “dealt with violent criminals and dangerous crime scenes”. After finding himself in prison awaiting trial on a string of frauds, he also escaped when his then girlfriend Van Acker posed along with others as police officers with fake paperwork, the report added.