Corrupt police jailed for drugs, weapons crimes
24 November 2005, BRUSSELS — Antwerp Court convicted on Thursday four police inspectors in the city's police zone Rupel on charges of theft, extortion, embezzlement, drugs crimes, forgery and violating their official oath of secrecy.
24 November 2005
BRUSSELS — Antwerp Court convicted on Thursday four police inspectors in the city's police zone Rupel on charges of theft, extortion, embezzlement, drugs crimes, forgery and violating their official oath of secrecy.
However, the court ruled that the suspects did not constitute a criminal gang. They jointly committed their crimes, but operated on their own will without instructions from a leader.
The 29-year-old Rachid B., of Antwerp, was jailed for four years and received a suspended fine of EUR 1,100. His sentence was the toughest imposed on the four defendants.
The court ruled further that B. was the main instigator of the crimes, newspaper 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported.
The 30-year-old Peter V. d. A., of Niel, was jailed for years and given a suspended fine of EUR 550.
Female co-defendants Kim M., 26, of Malle and Tine B., 24, were given a suspended three-year jail term and were subsequently freed after Thursday's proceedings.
Edwin S., 28, of Hemiksem — the former husband of Kim M. — was sentenced to an 80-hour community work order for handling stolen goods.
The four police officers were members of an 'intervention team' in Rupel and misused their police uniforms and position of power to con the people they were meant to detain to give them money, weapons, drugs and other goods
Between June 2003 and March 2005 — the time of their arrest — the police officers committed 25 prosecutable offences.
They went unpunished for a long time because their victims were not in a position to lodge a complaint because they would have had to admit they were in possession of drugs or weapons at the moment of their arrest.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news