Dutch police find torture chamber with dentist’s chair, pliers and scalpels after hack of gangsters’ encrypted network
- 8 Jul 2020, 19:30
COPS have discovered a sickening torture chamber complete with a dentist’s chair and handcuffs.
One container was soundproofed, fitted with a dentist’s chair and cops found pliers and scalpels.
Dutch police said the discovery of the cells came after they and French cops hacked the EncroChat network, which was announced last week along with the arrest of around 800 people across Europe.
Police chief Jannine van den Berg said: “We already announced then that there was more to come. The discovery of this underworld prison is an example of this.”
Footage showed armed officers raiding the premises, situated near the southern Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, south of Rotterdam.
They found a torture cell which was kitted out with a dentist’s chair along with gruesome equipment including pruning shears, a saw, scalpels and pliers aimed to maximise the agony.
The seven converted sea containers were soundproof and fitted inside with foil in what police believe was a bid to make them invisible to thermal imaging cameras.
All had handcuffs or manacles installed to the floor and the ceiling.
The grisly discovery was made last month by cops investigating leads generated from encrypted phones used by criminals.
They seized more than €50million cash, 77 firearms and two tons of drugs after police cracked the network.
Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division said: “Six served as prison cells in which people could have been tied up and one other container had the sole purpose of being a torture chamber.”
Messages exchanged by members of the gang and intercepted by police described the warehouse in the Netherlands as the “treatment room” and appeared to discuss interrogations.
One referred to a “dog”, presumably a detainee, who had gone missing. Another said: “When I get him on the chair there will be more.”
This week, the Garda Commissioner said he believes that the hack of the communication system — which has been used by the Kinahan cartel — is “significant”.
Drew Harris said he looks forward to “reaping some of the benefits” and bringing thugs in organised crime to justice.
Encrochat, used by mobs throughout the world, was finally cracked after four years of work by international investigators last week. When it was accessed, millions of messages were traced to get info on drug dealing, the sale of illegal guns and money laundering.
Harris said: “This is all part of our work together with our international partners around organised crime.