Police reconstruct Antwerp racist shootings

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22 June 2006, BRUSSELS — A reconstruction of the Antwerp racist shootings took place on Thursday as arrested suspect Hans Van Themsche retraced his alleged steps under the watchful eye of justice authorities.

22 June 2006

BRUSSELS — A reconstruction of the Antwerp racist shootings took place on Thursday as arrested suspect Hans Van Themsche retraced his alleged steps under the watchful eye of justice authorities.

The investigating judge wanted to the test the authorities' version of events against statements given by the suspect, who fully co-operated with the reconstruction.

The investigating judge, Karl Van Cauwenberghe, also said Van Themsche confirmed what authorities had initially determined about the shootings.

A massive police presence accompanied the 18-year-old to ensure his safety, and a helicopter was seen flying above. A police physician, ballistics expert and psychiatrist assessed the reconstruction.

Van Themsche arrived by armoured car at about 6.30am at the gunsmith's shop on the Lombardenvest, where he allegedly bought his rifle and ammunition before embarking on his shooting rampage.

At the Pottenbrug, he showed police how he allegedly shot a Turkish woman and his version of events was tested against the statement of a witness.

At 11.30am, Van Themsche showed police how he allegedly murdered a Malian au-pair and a two-year-old Flemish girl by shooting them in the back in the Zwartzustersstraat.

A reconstruction of his confrontation with a police officer, who shot Van Themsche in the stomach was also performed. The role of the police officer was carried out by a colleague officer.

The reconstruction was interrupted as a resident near where the Turkish woman was shot tried to film the reconstruction. A bullet had flown into the window of the house during the 11 May shooting.

The fire brigade eventually screened the house off with a tarpaulin after the resident refused police orders to stop filming.

A man was also arrested for repeatedly failing to leave the vicinity of the reconstruction.

A large section of the historic city centre of Antwerp was sealed off to cars during the reconstruction, which ended at about 1.30pm. Public transport was also affected.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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