Quebec premier seeks investigation of two helicopter jailbreaks

Three inmates are still on the loose after escaping from a prison Saturday.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   June 11, 2014 at 11:47 AM

QUEBEC CITY , June 11 (UPI) -- Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard announced an internal investigation Wednesday into two jailbreaks involving helicopters from Quebec prisons.

The announcement came after three inmates, still at large, escaped Saturday from the Orsainville Detention Center, near Quebec City, by boarding a helicopter that landed in the jail yard. A similar escape, from the St. Jerome detention center, occurred in March 2013, but the two inmates were captured.

"Two escapes by helicopter in Quebec is not acceptable. Two is too many. It's not acceptable. I'm not happy at all with this. We're going to deal with this, first bring the people back into jail, and then make sure this doesn't happen again," Couillard said.

Couillard added various levels of authority, including the Quebec provincial police, the Public Security Ministry, the Justice Ministry and jail authorities, provided "contradictory" information regarding the most recent incident.

Earlier, an unidentified police source said provincial investigators were aware in March of a possible helicopter-aided escape, but the plan was not taken seriously.

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