Fugitives arrested in Faro

One man, who escaped from Pinheiro da Cruz prison, Setúbal, in 2001 and another from Linhó prison in Cascais, who escaped in April 2006, were arrested by PSP officers in Faro early last week. The two have now been returned to their respective prisons, to serve the remainder of their sentences.

The 42-year-old, who escaped in 2001, after only serving a small percentage of his seven-and-a-half-year sentence for drug trafficking, was caught on the outskirts of Faro on July 11. The other individual, a 29-year-old, who escaped while serving an eight year sentence for robbery, was caught a day later, also in Faro.

The police raided the property where the two men had been staying, and found mobile phones, electrical equipment, drugs and around 4,000 euros in cash.

The two men are due to appear in court when the judge will decide the additional time they will serve in prison, taking into account their escape, crimes committed and their subsequent attempt to evade capture. The pair are also suspected of committing other crimes while on the run.