Netherlands police uncover criminal gang’s torture chamber, prisoner cells
AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS) – Dutch police said they have uncovered a torture chamber used by criminal gangs for interrogation inside a shipping container. The chamber is equipped with a dentist’s chair to hold prisoners and it is sound-proof to muffle their screams.
Police arrested six people for kidnapping, the national police said in a statement.
As many as seven shipping containers were discovered in a warehouse on June 22 in the town of Wouwse Plantage near the border with Belgium. Six of them were used as prison cells.
“Suspects called the seventh container the ‘treatment room’, which was very clearly meant for and prepared to torture people,” the statement said.
The ceilings and floors of the cells had handcuffs attached and they could be watched remotely.
The torture chamber was discovered during a probe into a 40-year-old man from The Hague who is suspected of drug pushing and plotting an execution.
Police were able to decipher the texts sent on the encrypted messaging app EncroChat, enabling them to snoop on real time conversations between the criminals, who swapped pictures of the dental chair, said the police statement.
Cops also confiscated 24 kilograms of the drug MDMA, police uniforms, stolen vehicles and weapons, the statement said.
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