Evidence missing in animal mistreatment case
10 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The case against seven cattle traders in the Brussels Court of Appeal was adjourned on Wednesday after video evidence went missing.
10 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The case against seven cattle traders in the Brussels Court of Appeal was adjourned on Wednesday after video evidence went missing.
The seven suspects are accused of mistreating cattle at the Anderlecht livestock market in the summer of 2000.
The mistreatment was allegedly filmed by animal rights organisations Gaia and Animaux en Péril and the cattle traders were charged with breaching animal well-being laws.
The Brussels Court of Appeal wanted to watch the video prior to the start of the hearing on Wednesday.
But the video cassettes in the prosecution's dossier could not be found by the court clerk and the court decided to adjourn the case until 19 June.
The video footage will then be played to the court and witness testimony heard.
After that, the trial will probably be resumed at a later date with the closing pleas of both the defence and prosecution.
All seven suspects were initially acquitted by the trial court because the judge ruled that the video tapes could not be used as evidence.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news