The Dutch authorities have been searching for a trail set by crime-seekers in the shipping containers, and what they found in the end was something beyond their initial imagination.
The secret torture facility hidden within barrage of containers have been disclosed to the media, setting off various discussions on why and who it was used on. The said room was so covertly hidden that there was a sound-proof system installed, with various assortments of articulate devices on varying degrees and varieties of torture.
The site at Wouwse Plantage on the Dutch-Belgian border on June 22 was discovered while the authorities were on their way of arresting six men suspected of kidnapping and hostage taking.
There were six containers involved, in which the criminals installed so-called “prison cells,” while they have apparently set up a store for weaponry including pruning shears, etc.“In each of the cells, handcuffs were attached to the ceiling and floor, in order to be able to chain someone standing up with their arms raised,” the statement said.
“The rooms were finished with noise isolating panels and heat-insulating foil.The sea container with the dental chair contained bags with objects that were presumably intended to torture or at least put pressure on victims,” the Dutch official statement reads.
“The police found, among other things, pruning shears, loppers, a branch saw, scalpels, pliers, extra handcuffs, fingercuffs, tape, balaclavas, and black cotton bags that can be pulled over the head.During a search at a home in Rotterdam, 24 kilos of MDMA was also found.
There were also three stolen delivery vans, two BMWs, seven handguns, an AK-47 modified in strengths in China.
“In total, 25 weap, s were found with the suspects,” the National Prosecutor’s Office said.
Authorities say the investigation began in April, during which officers were able to access an encrypted chat network — EncroChat — to track the group’s movements and plans.
“From this it could be deduced who the intended victims were,” the statement added.
Aan encrypted chat network — EncroChat — was cracked by the investigators to track the group’s movements and plans.
“From this it could be deduced who the intended victims were,” the statement said.
“They were warned by the police and went into hiding elsewhere. As a result, and thanks to permanent CCTV surveillance in and near the warehouse, planned kidnappings, hostage-taking and other serious violent crimes were prevented.
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