June 23, 2014 3:45 pm

3 Quebec helicopter escapees captured in Montreal appear in court

WATCH: A trio of prisoners, who fled a Quebec prison in a daring helicopter escape, were captured in their luxury condo hideout. They were back in court on Monday, under very heavy security. Mike Armstrong reports.

QUEBEC – There will be tighter detention conditions for three men who were captured after fleeing a Quebec City-area jail in a helicopter.

The trio, who were arrested Sunday in Montreal, appeared before a judge in Quebec City today under tight security conditions.

Each was shackled and were brought to court from the suburban Orsainville detention centre in separate convoys of police vehicles.

A drawing of the escapees in court.


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The public and journalists were searched before being allowed into the courtroom.

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The judge suspended two earlier court decisions that relaxed security conditions to help the accused prepare for their trials on murder and gangsterism charges.

Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre, and Serge Pomerleau broke out of jail on June 7 and were the subject of an international manhunt.

They were arrested Sunday at a luxury condo in Montreal in an early morning raid by a Quebec provincial police SWAT team.

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The men had grown beards and looked tired when they appeared in court.

They’re expected to face additional charges.

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The Quebec government has ordered an internal investigation into the jailbreak – the second by helicopter in just over a year.

Two inmates fled the St-Jerome detention centre by helicopter in March 2013, but were quickly recaptured.

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© The Canadian Press, 2014

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