British Netflix hero scammer challenges his surrender to French justice

Robert Hendy-Freegard, suspected of having deliberately run over two French gendarmes, is the central subject of the documentary series “The Puppetmaster: lessons in manipulation”.

A British crook who inspired cinema, imprisoned in Belgium for two weeks, is contesting his surrender to French justice, which is claiming him for the attempted murder of two gendarmes, AFP learned on Monday from the Belgian prosecutor’s office in Hal-Vilvoorde.

Robert Hendy-Freegard “appealed the decision” of the Brussels council chamber which ordered his surrender to France on September 15, said a spokeswoman for the prosecution. He must now appear before the indictment chamber of the Brussels Court of Appeal, she added. No date has been specified.

Arrested in Belgium

This 51-year-old Briton, arrested on September 2 on a Belgian highway thanks to a video surveillance device that made it possible to locate his vehicle, is the target of a European arrest warrant issued by French justice. He is suspected of having deliberately knocked down two French gendarmes with his car in Creuse (center) before fleeing.

The altercation occurred on August 25 in the town of Vidaillat during an inspection of the dog farm operated by Robert Hendy-Freegard. When the gendarmes asked him to go to the nearest brigade, the suspect started his vehicle, an Audi A3, then hit the soldiers. One of the gendarmes suffers from an open fracture at the level of the nose. They were prescribed 21 and six days of incapacity for work.

Sentenced to life in 2005

Well known in Britain, Robert Hendy-Freegard is the central subject of the documentary series The Puppetmaster: Handling Lessons and fiction film RogueAgentboth broadcast on the Netflix platform.

In 2005, he was sentenced in his country to life imprisonment for kidnapping, deception, theft from students and women, from whom he had extracted more than a million pounds, in particular by posing as a spy for the MI5, the British internal intelligence service. He was released in 2009 after his conviction for kidnapping was overturned by an appeals court.

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