Family of murder victim to get no compensation
The family of a Malian child-minder murdered by the racist killer Hans Van Temsche will not receive any compensation.
Oulematou Niangadou was gunned down in an Antwerp street on 11 May 2006. The child she was looking after was also killed by the teenage gunman.
A woman of Turkish descent was seriously injured by a bullet from Van Temsche’s hunting riffle.
On 19 May 2008, an Antwerp court ruled that Van Temsche should pay his victims and their families a total of €199,160, € 71,500 of which was to be given to the family of Oulematou Niangadou.
However, as Hans Van Temsche had no money or assets of his own, the money would come from a central compensation fund for the victims of violent crime.
The fund was set up in 1985 after a series of violent robberies carried out by the so-called “Nivelles Gang”.
Illegal immigrants get nothing
To qualify for compensation from the fund, a victim must either have Belgian nationality or have the correct papers entitled him or her to reside in or visit Belgium.
However Oulematou Niangadou was living and working here illegally.
She had entered Belgium on a visa that had expired by the time she was killed.
Consequently, the Commission for Financial Help to the Victims of Deliberate Acts of Violence has refused to pay up.
The Justice Ministry sent Oulematou Niangadou’s family a letter informing them of the Commission’s decision.
The Niangadou family’s solicitor Kris Luyckx hopes that the rules on compensation will be amended and points to previous changes brought in it to allow victims of human trafficking, almost all of whom are here illegally, to get compensation from the Commission.