PS suspends 'fraudulent' alderman
2 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The Socialist PS decided on Thursday to suspend the party membership of disgraced Charleroi alderman Lucien Cariat, who has been arrested on forgery and embezzlement charges.
2 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The Socialist PS decided on Thursday to suspend the party membership of disgraced Charleroi alderman Lucien Cariat, who has been arrested on forgery and embezzlement charges.
The decision was taken by the PS party council, which is made up of its chairman and deputy chairpersons, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.
A report from the auditing committee had earlier urged the party to individually investigate each party representatives accused of fraud.
It is alleged that Cariat has not given an accurate statement over his responsibilities and payments. The PS executive council believes the information it has at its disposal is sufficient reason to suspend the alderman's party membership.
A decision over former aldermen Claude De Spiegeleer and Serge Van Bergen — who were implicated in fraud allegations at the social housing company La Carolorégienne last September — will be taken after the following audit. Both men have already resigned as aldermen.
The third alderman implicated in the La Carolorégienne affair, André Liesse, has also resigned and has already cancelled his party membership.
The PS Mayor of Flémalle, Gilbert Van Bouchaute — who is responsible for 33 policy arrears, 13 of which are paid functions — was allowed by the executive council to remain as party member on the condition he fulfils his promises.
He has informed the executive council that he will relinquish five responsibilities and forgo payments. The auditing committee will maintain tabs on the mayor to ensure he remains faithful to the party's charter.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news