10 arrests in police raids against 'far-right soldiers'
7 September 2006, BRUSSELS — A total of 10 alleged right-wing extremists were arrested in 24 police raids in various locations on Thursday.
7 September 2006
BRUSSELS — A total of 10 alleged right-wing extremists were arrested in 24 police raids in various locations on Thursday.
The raids were carried out in Dendermonde, Leopoldsburg, Kleine Brogel and Herentals, Belgian media reported.
The police operation targeted extreme-right groups and searches were conducted at the army barracks in Leopoldsburg and several private homes of soldiers.
The Dendermonde public prosecution office has been investigating the extreme-rights movement based on indications attacks were being planned to destabilise the country.
Several soldiers are suspected of links to extreme-right groups, illegal weapon possession and terrorist activities.
News agency Reuters quoted a police officer saying that justice authorities are searching for evidence of weapons trading.
Emails are alleged to have been intercepted that indicated some soldiers were members of extreme-right groups that incited racial hatred.
The investigation has been conducted over the past two years.
The Dendermonde public prosecution office instigated the investigation, but the federal prosecution office, security service VS-SE and the military were also involved in the investigation.
More details were to be released later on Thursday at a press conference given by the Dendermonde prosecution office.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news