Suspect denies kidnapping missing girls
14 June 2006, BRUSSELS — The suspect in the disappearance of two Liège stepsisters reported to police on Tuesday night.
14 June 2006
BRUSSELS — The suspect in the disappearance of two Liège stepsisters reported to police on Tuesday night.
But 38-year-old Abdellah Ait Oud has denied any involvement in the disappearance of the girls.
He has reportedly given a detailed account of his activities in recent days and police are now checking his statements.
The public prosecution office made public the photo of Ait Oud public on Tuesday and the man reported to police at about 10pm after seeing his photo on the television news.
The man is in a relationship with a female employee of a Liège café where the parents of missing girls Stacy and Nathalie spent much of Friday evening.
He had been missing since the disappearance of the two girls and has a criminal record. Police conducted a search of his home on Tuesday.
The public prosecution office said he is no longer considered a "witness", but as a "suspect".
In April 1994, Air Oud was arrested for the rape of his 14-year-old niece. The crimes started when the girl was six. He was sentenced to a five-year jail term, with one year suspended.
On 7 September 1997, he was arrested for theft and jailed again.
Released on parole, he was arrested again for rape, assault and kidnapping. Ait Oud had forced a 14-year-old girl into his car, hit her over the head with a rock and sexually assaulted her. He was eventually released in December 2005.
Meanwhile, there is still no trace of Stacy and Nathalie and hope is fading of their safe return.
In other news, a juvenile court judge has ruled that Cathérine Dizier, the mother of Nathalie, may no longer keep her four other children.
The woman was drunk at a street fair when Stacy and Nathalie disappeared between 1am and 2am on Saturday. Her four other children were sleeping in the café where she was drinking.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news