Belgian news in brief, 14 December 2005

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Shortage of 150 organ donors , There is an annual shortage of 150 organ donors in Belgium. Currently, there are 1,500 people waiting for an organ transplant, but just 250 organ donors become available each year. Each donor is used for three to four organ transplants, the transplant co-ordinator at the Leuvense UZ Gasthuisberg, Frank Van Gelder, said.

Shortage of 150 organ donors

There is an annual shortage of 150 organ donors in Belgium. Currently, there are 1,500 people waiting for an organ transplant, but just 250 organ donors become available each year. Each donor is used for three to four organ transplants, the transplant co-ordinator at the Leuvense UZ Gasthuisberg, Frank Van Gelder, said.

Names of royal twins leaked to media

The names of the twin sons born to Prince Laurent and Princess Claire on Tuesday night were briefly found on the Belgian royal family's website on Wednesday. A palace spokesman said the over-enthusiastic webmaster was responsible for the mistake. The names were quickly removed from the website after about an hour. The two boys are believed to be called Emeric and Nicolas, but no further royal announcements were to be made on Wednesday.

Author jailed for sex abuse

Antwerp Appeals Court sentenced children's book author Gie Laenen, 61, to six years jail on Wednesday. Laenen was found guilty of sexually abusing 25 boys aged 11-16 between 1978 and 2002. The 57-year-old wife of Laenen, Maria M., was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail term for criminal negligence. She failed to inform authorities of her husband's actions. The appeals court ruling confirmed the ruling of the lower court.

Man arrested for chatbox pornography

Dendermonde authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Buggenhout man on charges of spreading pornography to children via the internet. The parents of an 11-year-old child lodged a complaint with police after the man allegedly sent naked photos of himself to the girl via MSN messenger. The man is also accused of engaging in sex talk with the girl. It is suspected the man also approached other children via the chatbox.

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