The Dutch security forces have housed several cells and a torture chamber in the cargo containers, which are designed for the execution of kidnappings, the Rotterdam public prosecutor said in a statement calling it “shocking”. the discovery.
The finding came two weeks after six people were arrested for their alleged connection to the hostage-taking. The authorities intercepted several calls and messages on the encrypted Encrochat platform, where suspects openly spoke of torture.
The police said in a statement that the containers were discovered in a warehouse in the town of Wouwse Plantage and there is no evidence that they were used. Six of the containers were equipped as cells with noise protection, portable toilets and handcuffs on the ceiling and floor.
According to the suspects, the seventh container would be “a treatment room,” “obviously designed and equipped to torture people,” the prosecutor said. In this facility there was a dentist’s chair, surgeon’s instruments, pliers and scissors.
Authorities who have been searched in bulletproof vests, official uniforms and blue lights suspect that the detainees were trying to pretend to be officials to carry out the kidnapping. The police had already warned potential victims.