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Cult leader escapes jail in helicopter

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A major police search is under way on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion after the leader of a cult jailed for sex attacks on children escaped from prison in a helicopter.

Juliano Verbard, serving a 15-year term, and two followers, were hauled aboard the aircraft which had been hijacked.

David Campanale reports.

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