11 Chechens arrested in police raids

30th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Eleven Chechens were arrested over a violent nightclub raid earlier this month as police staged a large-scale operation on Monday night in the coastal resort of Oostende.

30 August 2006

BRUSSELS — Eleven Chechens were arrested over a violent nightclub raid earlier this month as police staged a large-scale operation on Monday night in the coastal resort of Oostende.

Police had earlier arrested 16 Chechens on the night of the raid and robbery at the nightclub Carré Beach 10 days ago.

But police officers raided 12 premises on Monday night and arrested a further 11 suspects.

Federal and local police officers were involved in the operation, news agency Belga reported on Tuesday.

But members of the special intervention squad were also deployed because some of the suspects had a violent criminal past.

Brugge Court was to decide later on Wednesday whether the 11 suspects should be remanded in custody.

Six people were injured during the raid at the Oostende nightclub.

About 30 suspects had stormed into the nightclub armed with metal poles and baseball bats.
 
Lawyers representing the Chechens have said a fight between a Chechen and a Moroccan security officer sparked the violent raid.
 
The Chechen had been allegedly assaulted by the security officer.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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