Soccer scandal becomes a federal case

28th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 February 2006, BRUSSELS — The federal public prosecution office has taken over investigations into the Belgian soccer gambling scandal. Investigations were initially being headed by the Brussels public prosecution office.

28 February 2006

BRUSSELS — The federal public prosecution office has taken over investigations into the Belgian soccer gambling scandal.
 
Investigations were initially being headed by the Brussels public prosecution office.

However, the extent of the match-fixing scandal required investigations to be conducted at a federal level.

"The investigation now extends across various judicial districts," the federal prosecution office said on Monday.

The transfer of duties to the federal office took place in complete co-operation with Brussels judicial authorities.

But newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' also said it was clear the decision was also aimed at ending a series of leaks to the media.

Earlier reports have estimated that police have identified 50 suspects and that five clubs have been implicated in the soccer gambling scandal.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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