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Cops found the complex of hidden containers after French police cracked the encrypted EncroChat messaging service

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Torture chamber in The Netherlands.

Torture chamber in The Netherlands.

Police raiding the complex in April 2020

Police raiding the complex in April 2020

Accused men planned to torture victims

Accused men planned to torture victims

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Torture chamber in The Netherlands.

MEMBERS of a cocaine smuggling gang planned to cut off rivals’ fingers and toes and to waterboard them in a hidden torture chamber in a row over money.

Today 11 men accused of setting up torture chamber have gone on trial in The Netherlands over the gruesome plot.

Footage of the sinister underground torture chamber in a shipping container made headlines around the world when it was discovered by police in 2020.

Now gory details of the gangsters’ plan have emerged as 11 men face trial this week over what was an underworld money dispute.

Police found the complex of hidden containers after French police cracked the encrypted EncroChat messaging service the gang were using.

It emerged today the accused men had discussed waterboarding, getting cutters for fingers and toes and even talked about targeting one rival’s wife and child.

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Police raiding the complex in April 2020

Police raiding the complex in April 2020

Police raiding the complex in April 2020

Items discovered included scalpels, pliers, scissors, a finger clamp, a claw hammer and a gas burner as well as police uniforms, bulletproof vests, blue flashing lights and a “huge” freezer.

According to the Dutch public prosecution service the suspects built a “detention centre” of sea containers in a warehouse in Wouwse Plantage.

“Six containers were intended to detain people. They were insulated from the inside and equipped with handcuffs and a chemical toilet.”

“The seventh sea container was called the 'treatment room' by suspects, and there was a treatment chair complete with cuffs, belts and straps to bind arms, legs and head.”

One of the main suspects texted “..they are all going to get their turn sooner or later. How long do they want to hide. We will start when the buses arrive. No mercy."

To which the other replied while it wasn’t normally his area hoped he’d “get the chance to torture them".

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The accounts used pseudonyms such as 'Slempo' and 'Luxuryballoon' could eventually be linked to suspects.

A painstaking investigation by the police allowed the suspects to be linked to the intercepted messages.

“The suspects had two sites at their disposal, a 'headquarters' in Rotterdam for their 'arrest team' and the site in Wouwse Plantage, which they called 'our EBI'.”

The EBI is The Netherlands’ high-security prison.

“What we are witnessing here is the reverse side of the recreational use of cocaine in the Netherlands and neighbouring countries.

“Our society is in danger of getting used to it.”

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Accused men planned to torture victims

Accused men planned to torture victims

Accused men planned to torture victims

Nine men are suspected of preparing various serious crimes, such as unlawful detention, kidnapping, extortion and aggravated premeditated assault against one or more persons.

Prosecutors are seeking sentences of 11 and 12 years for two on the men they regard as the most senior.

The entire group is on trial for suspected involvement in a criminal organisation.

The case will continue tomorrow with lawyers' pleadings, and is due to end on Friday, February 11. The court expects to rule on May 11, 2022.

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