Suspect Ait Oud remanded in custody
29 June 2006, BRUSSELS — Liège Court remanded in custody on Thursday the main suspect in the death of step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie.
29 June 2006
BRUSSELS — Liège Court remanded in custody on Thursday the main suspect in the death of step-sisters Stacy and Nathalie.
Defence lawyers had requested the release of Abdallah Ait Oud, 38, claiming that there is no hard evidence against him. Ait Oud is adamantly denying any involvement in the case.
But the court said there are sufficient incriminating elements in the case to warrant his continued remand.
It said Ait Oud was in the area the night the girls disappeared and does not have a water-tight alibi.
In the days after Stacy and Nathalie disappeared, he had also kept low and changed his appearance. Ait Oud is a convicted child sex offender.
But the discovery of the bodies of Stacy and Nathalie on Wednesday is not said to be the reason for Ait Oud's continued detention.
The suspect will be questioned again by police on Thursday and confronted with the discoveries of the girls' bodies.
Justice authorities will therefore wait before releasing the results of the autopsy performed on Wednesday night to prevent Ait Oud learning elements of the case from the media.
Examinations into the cause of death, DNA tests and investigations to determine whether the girls were sexually abused were carried out by a team of 20 experts.
It is not yet certain when the results will be made public.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news