Belgian news in brief, 10 March 2006

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Belgian Bonnie enters police custody

Belgian Bonnie enters police custody

A woman linked to a series of armed robberies and car jackings around Ghent has returned to Belgium from Algeria. The Dutch woman, Lisette Bus, 33, and her Algerian partner, Jelloul Selini, 31, have become known as the Flemish 'Bonnie and Clyde' in recent weeks. The couple fled to Selini's native Algeria, but Bus reported to the Belgian embassy in Algiers on 5 March. Ghent police met her at Zaventem Airport on Friday morning. Bus said she returned to Belgium because she was missing her child and wanted to end her criminal lifestyle.

Two Belgians on billionaire list

Two Belgians figure on the latest list of billionaires published by US magazine Forbes. The 80-year-old Belgian business tycoon Albert Frère is ranked 224th. Kazakhstan-born Patokh Chodiev, 53, of the Eurasia group, is ranked at 382. In total, Forbes said there are 793 billionaires across the globe, 102 more than last year. Microsoft's Bill Gates is the world's richest man.

EUR 2m diamond theft near Antwerp

An armed man escaped with a diamond valued at EUR 2 million from a diamond polishing workshop near Antwerp on Friday. The robbery took place in Wijnegem at about 1:30pm. The man threatened a workshop employee with a pistol and locked him in a safe. The employee later freed himself and raised the alarm.

Gevaert wins bronze in 60m sprint

Belgian sprinter Kim Gevaert won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow on Friday. Gevaert finished 3rd in the 60m event at the indoor athletic championships in a Belgian record of 7.11 sec. US athlete Me'lisa Barber won the race with a time of 7.01 sec. Silver went to American Lauryn Williams.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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