Burglars steal papers from scandal-case judge

20th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 October 2005, BRUSSELS – Burglars have escaped with two briefcases of papers from the home of a judge investigating a scandal at a Belgian housing company.

20 October 2005

BRUSSELS – Burglars have escaped with two briefcases of papers from the home of a judge investigating a scandal at a Belgian housing company.

On Thursday, Charleroi's public prosecutor Christian De Valkeneer confirmed that France Baekeland, who is handling the La Caroloregienne case, was the victim of a break-in, though he emphasised that she had not received any threats.

News of the incident is bound to raise eyebrows given that Baekeland is in charge of getting to the bottom of a corruption case that has rocked the francophone socialist party.

The reports of mismanagement and financial abuse at the social housing company hit the Belgian media mid-September and since three PS members have been charged with fraud.

De Valkeneer insisted hasty conclusions should not be drawn from the fact that the briefcases had been taken from Baekeland's Namur home since the judge was also in charge of other cases.

He added that the crime could have been committed by ordinary burglars, not linked to Baekeland's cases, who simply seized the cases while looking for valuables.

The public prosecutor said the loss of the papers would not affect investigations since there was also information available on computer and the stolen documents could be replaced easily.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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