Mayor under investigation for corruption
12 May 2005, BRUSSELS – A mayor and leading members of a council in Flemish Brabant are being investigated for corruption.
12 May 2005
BRUSSELS – A mayor and leading members of a council in Flemish Brabant are being investigated for corruption.
Leuven’s public prosecution office suspects Aarschot’s mayor Willy Schellens and the council’s secretary of leaking confidential information on competitors to a firm bidding for a rubbish collection and disposal contract.
It is alleged that the councillors received a holiday in return for the information, which allowed the firm to win a 15-year contract with the local authority.
Broadcaster VRT, which broke the scandal, said the two councillors responsible for sport and the environment in Aarschot are also suspected of having taken bribes over contracts to build sports facilities.
The public works councillor is under investigation for using money earmarked for public roads on a private road.
The judicial probe into the scandal was sparked off in 2001 by an anonymous complaint.
A decision on whether the councillors will be prosecuted is to be taken shortly.
[Copyright Expatica 2005]
Subject: Belgian news