Belgian news in brief, 7 September 2006

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Terrorism cases left uninvestigated More than half of the terrorism cases in Brussels are not thoroughly investigated, a federal public prosecution report has indicated. Authorities are now examining the situation, concerned that some terrorism cases and tip-offs are simply being left uninvestigated. And the anti-terrorism department cannot process all of the tips and information due to a lack of staff. The report said Belgium is thus at risk of becoming a breeding ground for Muslim fundamentalists.

Terrorism cases left uninvestigated
 
More than half of the terrorism cases in Brussels are not thoroughly investigated, a federal public prosecution report has indicated. Authorities are now examining the situation, concerned that some terrorism cases and tip-offs are simply being left uninvestigated. And the anti-terrorism department cannot process all of the tips and information due to a lack of staff. The report said Belgium is thus at risk of becoming a breeding ground for Muslim fundamentalists.

Housing prices rises to slow

The sharp price rises in the real estate market are a thing of the past, weekly magazine Trends has reported. It said the Belgian housing market had been red hot, but predicted a soft landing. The average price of a house will keep rising, but only gradually, while apartment prices will stabilise. Trends based its findings on data from real estate agents and credit companies.

Van Damme did not have licence

Even if the Brugge public prosecution office wanted to confiscate Jean-Claude Van Damme's driving licence last weekend, it would have been impossible: the Belgian film star simply did not have it with him. After he was involved in an accident in Knokke-Heist on Sunday morning, the 'Muscles from Brussels' refused a breath and blood test. He will now appear in court and faces a EUR 1,100 fine and loss of his licence. The prosecution could have immediately suspended Van Damme's licence, but it said on Wednesday that police failed to inform the prosecution office about the accident.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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