Suez charged with spying in Belgium

18th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 August 2006, BRUSSELS — French-Belgian utility Suez has revealed it is being referred to the Belgian criminal court on charges of industrial espionage against its Belgian energy unit Electrabel.

18 August 2006

BRUSSELS — French-Belgian utility Suez has revealed it is being referred to the Belgian criminal court on charges of industrial espionage against its Belgian energy unit Electrabel.

A legal council will decide later this year whether to pursue the case in court, it said. Company spokesman Guy Dellicour said the charges were part of an ongoing process dating back to 2004.

Suez was the majority owner of Electrabel at the time, but bought out the remaining shares last year.

Suez and Electrabel, through its chairman, Jean-Pierre Hanssen, decided in 2004 to check the security of the computer and telephone systems, Dellicour said.

"The investigation showed that the system was not fully secure and so it was beneficial for both companies," he said.

IT staff at the companies were not informed in advance, Dellicour said, but when staff at Electrabel discovered that checks had been made, they filed a complaint.

Belgian law makes it impossible for parties to withdraw a complaint once it has been filed, the spokesman added.

While computer checks of this kind are permitted in France, they are controversial in Belgium, he said.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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