Police slaying: three detained
Belgian police detained three suspects in connection with the slaying of police officer Kitty Van Nieuwenhuyzen in Beersel last year
Belgian police on Friday detained three suspects in connection with the slaying of police officer Kitty Van Nieuwenhuyzen in Beersel (Flemish Brabant) last year- a killing that shocked the nation. The three are Belgian men; two are of Moroccan extraction, one is of Turkish descent.
They all have form and earlier convictions for armed hold-ups.
Kitty and a colleague were called to the scene of a robbery at 3AM.
They surprised the gangsters who immediately opened fire with machine guns.
The 23-year-old police woman is shot in the head and is dead at the scene. Her male colleague is badly injured.
Police later find a burnt out get away car near Charleroi in Wallonia.
Detectives believe the gangsters are members of an organised gang involved in car and home jacking and copper theft.
They rightly believe they fled to their country of origin after the killing, but await their return.
In the New Year the three suspects are back in Belgium allowing the police to swoop in a meticulously prepared operation Friday night.
The suspects are aged 29, 30 and 31 and hail from the Charleroi (Hainaut) and Namur areas.
Two of the suspects returned to Belgium in the New Year, a third came back on Friday.
DNA evidence from equipment in the getaway cars helped to identify them.
Two had been released on parole after being convicted of violent theft and fraud involving luxury cars.
They had been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Justice Minister Jo Vandeurzen (Flemish Christian democrat) will examine whether it was right that they were granted parole.