Family claims dead son was deserted
14 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The Bouazza family has lodged a complaint with an investigative judge against emergency services for criminal negligence.
14 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The Bouazza family has lodged a complaint with an investigative judge against emergency services for criminal negligence.
The relatives of Mohamed Bouazza — who drowned in uncertain circumstances in Antwerp on the night of 30 April — claim that not enough was done to save him.
The case has also been raised with the Committee P, which supervises the nation's police force.
On the night that Mohamed died, he had been involved in an argument at a dance club in the schipperskwartier city district.
He was chased by a blonde male youth and somewhere along the Scheldeboord, he is suspected of taking off his upper clothing before diving into the Schelde River to escape.
Mohamed was an active sportsman, but the current of the water must have dragged him along. His body was found a week later in Hemiksem.
The victim's mother is convinced that the judiciary had no interest in the disappearance of her son and linked up with the silent march after the Antwerp racist murders to air her complaints.
But a public prosecution spokeswoman said the family lodged a missing persons report five days after Mohamed vanished.
She said police and prosecution officers had then responded immediately.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news