PM furious over 'actions of extreme-right'

8th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 September 2006, BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is furious about the alleged extreme-right network targeted by police raids on Thursday.

8 September 2006

BRUSSELS — Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt is furious about the alleged extreme-right network targeted by police raids on Thursday.

"The existence of a neo-Nazi network in which soldiers were also involved is a stain on our country and the army," he said on Friday after the first Cabinet meeting of the new political year.

Verhofstadt was referring to the arrest of 17 people linked to the far-right on Thursday and the seizure of an extensive weapons depot. 

Despite the lack of concrete evidence, the suspects — ten of whom were soldiers — are suspected of having planned violent attacks to destabilise a democratic Belgium.

And whether an actual attack was planned or not, Verhofstadt said the suspects' actions are intolerable in a democratic constitutional state, news agency Belga reported.

But the Liberal VLD leader refused to comment about the motives of the suspects, stressing that such a question was a matter for the judiciary.

Verhofstadt said the Parliament should examine whether its legal weapons against such organisations are adequate and whether judges should gain greater powers to take action against them.

"Consensus over that should be easy. Or in any case, I can’t believe that there are parties that will want to protect neo-Nazi organisations," he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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