Impunity claims as gangster is 'seen' in Antwerp
13 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Accusations of impunity have greeted revelations that an Albanian gangster is still in Antwerp despite the fact he was ordered to leave the country.
13 September 2006
BRUSSELS — Accusations of impunity have greeted revelations that an Albanian gangster is still in Antwerp despite the fact he was ordered to leave the country.
Victor Hoxha is a top gangster in the Albanian mafia and was involved in the Antwerp security guard business in the 1990s, but he was also known for women trading, pimping, blackmail, violence and weapon possession.
He was sentenced in 1998 to 15 years jail. In 2005, Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx approved his probational release and he was paroled.
But Hoxha was also given the order to leave the country and not return for at least 10 years. If he returned to Belgium, he would be forced to serve out the rest of his sentence.
Eight years later and he has again been seen in Belgium. Antwerp police fear that he wants to set up his criminal organisation again.
But Minister Onkelinx has no plans to jail Hoxha. She has instead issued an order for authorities to deport him if he is arrested.
In response, former justice minister and Christian Democrat CD&V MP Tony Van Parys claims Belgium is offering impunity and has demanded answers from Onkelinx.
Van Parys said Hoxha must be forced to serve out the rest of his jail term, news service VRT reported.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news