Francine De Tandt suspended following justice corruption claims
The head of the commercial court in Brussels has been temporarily suspended following an order from the head of the court of appeal, Charles-Philippe Vermylen.
“The suspension is part of the disciplinary procedure, it is not a punishment,” said the press magistrate Luc Maes. “This is a temporary suspension.”
Allegations against De Tandt have been ongoing for five years. This suspension might indicate new information to strengthen the enquiry, although the details are not yet known by the media.
The lawyer of the commercial court chairwoman refused to comment on proceedings while the investigation is still underway.
Accusations against Mme. De Tandt were brought up by the head of the Brussels police, Glenn Audenaert, who alerted justice minister Stefaan de Clerck on 13 August. He believed that Brussels prosecutors were trying to protect one of their senior magistrates, Francine De Tandt, who was suspected of collusion with business lawyer, Robert Peeters.