Skinheads to face court over 'racist bashing'

8th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

8 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Three men from Lubbeek, Huldenberg and Brugge have been remanded in custody for the assault and battery of two men in what is suspected to have been a racially-motivated crime.

8 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Three men from Lubbeek, Huldenberg and Brugge have been remanded in custody for the assault and battery of two men in what is suspected to have been a racially-motivated crime.

The men were arrested on Sunday and ordered on Monday to appear in Brugge Court on Friday on charges of assault, the public prosecution office said.

One of the two victims from the Saturday night bashing in Brugge is still in a coma. He has been described as a black man with the French nationality.

The other victim, a Caucasian man with dreadlocks, has multiple broken bones and has suffered memory loss.

Brugge public prosecutor Jean-Marie Berkvens said the motive for the attack remains unknown.

Five suspects were arrested on Sunday, three of whom were remanded in custody on Monday. They are aged 22, 23 and 26.

The victim who is not in a coma is 38 years-old. The age of the immigrant victim is not yet known.

Both victims had lost their way on Saturday night and were waiting for friends on the Maalsesteenweg about 200m from the café De Kastelein, where a large number of 'skinheads' gather.

The victims were trying to get to the suburb of Sint-Jozef when they were attacked.

Police immediately linked the attack to the café due to previous troubles. It is suspected the attack was racially motivated.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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