Quebec helicopter fugitives wink, smile during court appearance

A combination photo shows the escapees (L-R) Denis Lefebvre, 53, Serge Pomerleau, 49, and Yves...

A combination photo shows the escapees (L-R) Denis Lefebvre, 53, Serge Pomerleau, 49, and Yves Denis, 35, who escaped from Orsainville Detention Centre using a helicopter in suburban Quebec City, Quebec June 7, 2014, in this undated handout picture released by Surete de Quebec on June 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Surete du Quebec/Handout via Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:37 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY — Three men who escaped from a jail by helicopter were arraigned on new charges on Monday, a day after their capture.

Serge Pomerleau, Denis Lefebvre and Yves Denis were smiling as they appeared, shackled hand and foot, in a Quebec City courtroom.

Pomerleau even winked at a Crown prosecutor during the 60-second hearing.

All three had charges of evasion and prison break conditions added to the existing murder and drug dealing counts for which they're currently on trial.

The Crown opposed bail, eliciting a smile from Pomerleau, who previously owned an airplane and a helicopter when he was arrested in a massive drug bust in 2010.

Provincial police nabbed the fugitives Sunday morning in a condominium in Montreal.

They had been on the lam for 15 days after they were airlifted out of Orsainville Detention Centre near Quebec City.

The trio had been the subject of an Interpol alert.

Police remain on the lookout for alleged accomplice Simon Bedard, a reputed biker associate whose name was on the lease of the condo where police arrested the trio, QMI Agency has learned.

Police seized a Toyota Echo that belonged to Bedard and was parked near the building, a source told QMI Agency.

Bedard is known to police for his involvement in the bloody war between the Bandidos and the Hells Angels in which 150 people were killed in the '90s and early 2000s.

He was seriously injured in a car bombing in the '90s.


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