Gunman had some 20 previous brushes with Belgian law: media
Nordine Amrani, the lone gunman whose killing spree in Liege claimed four lives including his own, had already had around 20 brushes with the law in Belgium, Belgian TV reported late Tuesday.
"In total, he had already come before Belgian justice more than around 20 times," RTL television's website reported.
Contacted by AFP, Liege prosecutor Daniele Reynders could not be reached but a Belgian judicial source confirmed that Amrani's history and the scale of his run-ins with justice was well known to the police and magistrates.
RTL reported that in 2007, Liege police discovered rocket-launchers, an AK-47 rifle and pump-action shotguns among a cache of arms running to 9,500 pieces, for which he landed a near five-year jail term the following year.
Belgian officials told AFP he had been released on parole in October 2010, a spokesman for Belgium's prisons service saying he was not aware of any cross-surveillance with a Belgian national centre for threat evaluation, OCAM.
However, another official said Amrani, 33, was known to former interior minister Annemie Turtleboom.
A spokesman for her was not available when contacted by AFP.
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