Belgian army dismisses soldiers with neo-Nazi sympathies
The four soldiers reportedly belong to Bloed Bodem Eer en Trouw (BBET), a splinter group of the neo-Nazi organisation Blood & Honour. The four soldiers are accused of involvement in the planning of several large scale BBET attacks.
The extremist wing of the BBET had allegedly been planning attacks on the National Bank and on Filip Dewinter from the extreme right wing party Vlaams Belang.
In the beginning of 2006, 21 military and civilian followers were detained by police, suspected of involvement in these planned attacks. Around three hundred weapons were seized in house raids at the time. Meanwhile, the investigation has been completed and all 21 defendants are awaiting trial.
The Defence department refuses to give the identity of the four soldiers involved in the trial. "They are chief suspects and serious evidence has been collected against them," say army sources. The future of the four dismissed soldiers is now in the hands of the presiding judge.
Currently there is no information regarding the start of the court trials but the Court of Cassation, the main court of appeal in Belgium, is to make important statements about the infiltration and observation techniques used in the investigation on 13 October.