Cult leader Juliano Verbard jailed for prison escape by helicopter

Juliano Verbard The leader of a cult on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion has been jailed for 13 years for making a dramatic prison escape in a helicopter that had been hijacked by three of his followers.

Juliano Verbard’s escape took place in 2009, when he was serving time for rape and sexual abuse of several young boys, one of whom was kidnapped and named his successor. [Read more...]

Cult leader Juliano Verbard escapes from jail in hijacked helicopter

Juliano Verbard Three armed men hijacked a tourist helicopter on Monday and used it to free a cult leader and two of his followers from a prison on the French island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean.

Freed were cult leader Juliano Verbard, and two of his followers: Verbard’s lover Fabrice Michel, and Jismy Michel, Fabrice’s father.

Juliano Verbard was serving a 15-year term for rapes and sex assaults on children. [Read more...]