Main suspect in mp3 murder arrested in Poland

27th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 April 2006, BRUSSELS — The suspected killer of Joe Van Holsbeeck was arrested by Polish police on Thursday afternoon.

27 April 2006

BRUSSELS — The suspected killer of Joe Van Holsbeeck was arrested by Polish police on Thursday afternoon.

The arrest took place after a series of house raids and was confirmed by the judicial director of Belgium's federal police, Glenn Audenaert.

Polish police just missed out on arresting the 17-year-old suspect on Wednesday. His mobile phone was signaled at a public space, but when police arrived, the youth had disappeared.

But the suspect was eventually arrested at about 1.45pm on Thursday.

Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt informed the Parliament about the arrest after the Polish Interior Minister informed his Belgian counterpart, Patrick Dewael.

The suspect was traced via his mobile phone and was eventually arrested in Suwalki, in the northeast of Poland on the border with Lithuania.

The suspect had fled Belgium after allegedly stabbing Van Holsbeeck to death on 12 April at Brussels Central station. The killing took place after the victim refused to handover his mp3 player.

The co-accused, a 16-year-old Polish youth, was arrested in Brussels on Monday.

Verhofstadt said the second youth, the main suspect in the case, was arrested on Thursday after three house raids. He was found in a house of friends and family.

According to earlier statements from the Brussels public prosecution office, the suspect had gone into hiding in his home region. The family comes from the Polish city of Bialystok.

Polish police were to hold a press conference in Warsaw on Thursday afternoon to further explain the young man's arrest.

Prime Minister Verhofstadt said he was pleased an end had come to the police investigation. He thanked both Belgian and Polish police for the professional work they performed.

He also said the Belgian government would request the Polish youth's extradition based on the European arrest warrant that was introduced two years ago. The Liberal VLD leader hopes for a speedy extradition.

"The most important thing is that justice occurs. I hope that the culprit is punished as quickly as possible," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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