Ghislenghien gas explosion trial in 2008

10th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The criminal court trial over the Ghislenghien gas explosion will not start until at least 2008, it was reported on Friday.

10 February 2006

BRUSSELS — The criminal court trial over the Ghislenghien gas explosion will not start until at least 2008, it was reported on Friday.

The trial will not be held in the Tournai Court (Doornik) because none of its three biggest chambers is large enough.

An estimated 400 to 500 people are expected to attend the trial hearings, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.

Court president Paul Mention said the trial might be transferred to one of the two army barracks in the city of Tournai.

The case dossier is 30,000 pages thick. The involved parties may apply to view the dossier at the clerk of the court's office.

An explosion at an industrial zone in Ghislenghien in July 2004 cost the lives of 24 people. Some 130 others were injured.

The explosion occurred as work was being done to repair a leaking gas pipe ruptured during construction works.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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