Belgian news in brief, 23 February 2006

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Fourniret's daughter commits suicide

Fourniret's daughter commits suicide

Marie-Hélène, one of the daughters of confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret, committed suicide on Monday, it was revealed on Thursday. Marie-Hélène and her twin sister spring from Fourniret's second marriage. Fourniret also lost a son in the 1990s in a workplace accident. His third wife, Michelle Oliver, will also stand trial for Fourniret's killing spree.

15 asylum seekers on hunger strike

Some 15 asylum seekers without official documentation have launched a hunger strike at the Sint-Bonifacius Church in Ixelles. The asylum seekers have occupied the Brussels church for the past four months in protest against the rejection of their request for asylum by immigration authorities. The Foreign Minister has stressed that set procedures apply to requests for asylum.

Police raid peer-to-peer firm eDonkey

Belgium police shut down the server of peer-to-peer file sharing network eDonkey during a raid in Zaventem. A site operator was also arrested in Switzerland. The copyright pressure group Motion Picture Association said Swiss and Belgian police have shut down the Razorback 2 server, which had indexed some 170 million files that were being shared by as many as 1.3 million simultaneous users, the majority of whom were based in Europe.

Pregnancy stunt for Big Brother

Like last year's Dutch version, the new Flemish Big Brother house will become home to a pregnant woman. The seven-month pregnant woman, from Antwerp, will move into the house on Sunday and is expected to give birth live on camera in about 60 days. The 5th Big Brother will be broadcast live from next Monday and will continue for 91 days.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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