Belgian 'Godfather' on conditional release

13th October 2009, Comments 0 comments

76-year-old Marcel Habran was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Liège Court of Assizes for being the leader of a gang that attacked a money transport operation in 1998.

Two security guards were killed in the attack. Habran’s three accomplices received sentences of between 30 years and life for the murders.

Habran, often referred to as the 'Godfather' of the mafia in Liège, is being released conditionally after his lawyers asked the Supreme Court to quash the verdict of the first trial because the assizes magistrates failed to motivate their verdict as required under European law.

The Habran Gang trial was one of the longest trials in Belgian legal history. 

Belgium's Supreme Court has agreed to nullify the verdict and the entire trial now has to be repeated.

Marcel Habran was released from the Nivelles prison, Liège. He is under house arrest and may not leave the country, nor may he have contact with any other suspects in the case.

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