La Louviere club bosses charged with fraud
17 March 2006, BRUSSELS — La Louvière club chairman Filippo Gaone has officially been charged with forgery, embezzlement and abuse of social funds.
17 March 2006
BRUSSELS — La Louvière club chairman Filippo Gaone has officially been charged with forgery, embezzlement and abuse of social funds.
The football's club's lawyer, Laurent Denis, has also been charged with abuse of social funds, the federal public prosecution office said.
Club manager Chris Benoit was also questioned by an investigating judge on Thursday but has not been charged.
The questioning of Gaone, Denis and Benoit ended at 4am on Friday after raids at their residential and business addresses started at 6am on Thursday.
The investigating judge — which can only impose financial charges — has reserved the right to press additional charges. All three will probably undergo furthering questioning.
It is believed that the men are suspected of involvement in the Belgian soccer match-fixing scandal, but the federal prosecution office has neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.
Several First Division matches this year and last year are alleged to have been 'bought' by the Chinese gambling mafia.
Gaone and Denis deny all charges and were released from police custody on Friday morning. They remain as official suspects, however.
Meanwhile, police also carried out several other house raids on Thursday.
Belgian star Olivier Suray, former La Louvière player Mario Espartero, agent David Magri and former Lierse football club chairman Chris De Nijn were arrested, but released after questioning.
Suray allegedly confessed to 'fixing' a match in Finland on commission from main suspect Zheyun Ye.
International arrest warrants were issued on Thursday against Ye and agent Pietro Allatta.
They are accused of corruption, fraud, forming a criminal gang, forgery, money laundering and making death threats.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news