Belgian jet skier returns home from Turkey

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22 August 2005 , BRUSSELS — The 47-year-old Belgian man detained in a Turkish cell since 3 August following a jet ski accident has been released and has returned to Belgium.

22 August 2005

BRUSSELS — The 47-year-old Belgian man detained in a Turkish cell since 3 August following a jet ski accident has been released and has returned to Belgium.

Danny Vanaeken, of Herentals, was released on Friday and returned home on Saturday night to an emotional welcome from family and friends at Zaventem Airport.

Turkish police arrested Vanaeken during his holiday on the Turkish Riviera after a jet ski accident in which a Russian wind surfer was seriously injured.

He was held in a prison cell for two weeks in the resort of Antalya on request from the Turkish public prosecutor.

Vanaeken said he helped the victim after the accident and remained with him until emergency services arrived.

However, he was only released from prison when it was confirmed the Russian would not die.

Earlier, the Belgian consul in Turkey had visited Vanaeken last week, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.

Legal proceedings will start in Turkey on 6 September, at which point Vanaeken will face charges of causing unintentional injuries.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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