Frenchman Jean-Claude Lacote, wanted since 1996 for murdering a British businessman has been arrested in Abidjan, after 23-years on the run.
The fugitive even reportedly hosted a reality TV crime programme and staged an audacious prison break. Lacote, 53, and his wife Hilde Van Acker, 56, were each sentenced to life in their absence for the killing of businessman Marcus Mitchell who was shot twice in the head in Belgium in 1996.
The pair, listed on Europol’s most wanted list, fled Belgium in the aftermath of the murder only to resurface two decades later in Ivory Coast.
“The two were arrested in Abidjan. Lacote on Wednesday night and Mrs Van Acker on Thursday morning,” Brussels prosecutors spokesman Celine D’Have told AFP.