Canada Orsainville airlift inmates recaptured in Montreal

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Three recaptured Canadian prisoners, 22 June 2014Image source, AP
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The three fled on a helicopter which landed in the jail yard

Canadian police have recaptured three prisoners who escaped by helicopter from a jail outside Quebec City earlier this month.

Police said they were detained at a home in Montreal in the early hours of Sunday and more arrests were likely.

The three, Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49, were due to face trial on murder and drugs charges.

They are set to appear in court on Monday.

The prisoners fled on 7 June in a helicopter which landed in the yard of the Orsainville detention centre, on the outskirts of the city.

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The men were being held at Orsainville detention centre, just outside Quebec City

A judge had relaxed the three high-security prisoners' jail conditions, allowing them to be in the jail yard at the same time, so they could better prepare their defence, Canada's CBC reports.

Police are continuing their investigation into who may have helped the men escape.

As a manhunt was launched, the public had been warned not to approach the men. The circumstances of how they were recaptured remain unclear.

It was the second jailbreak involving a helicopter in Quebec province in just over a year.

In March 2013, two inmates fled from a prison near Montreal by climbing up a rope into a waiting helicopter.