Top Belgian tax official suspended

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8 June 2004, BRUSSELS – A senior Belgian tax official who is allegedly being investigated for tax fraud was suspended on Tuesday by the Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders.

8 June 2004

BRUSSELS – A senior Belgian tax official who is allegedly being investigated for tax fraud was suspended on Tuesday by the Belgian Finance Minister Didier Reynders.

Alfons Van Den Abeele, who is one of the most senior members of the Belgian tax service, was suspended "in the interests of his service," Reynders' office confirmed, adding that the top taxman would be considered innocent until proven guilty.

On Monday the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Niews reported that Van Den Abeele was under investigation for, among other things, filing a false tax return, having an undeclared bank account in Luxembourg and asking a subordinate to hide his tax file.

The Belga news agency reported that Reynders had known about the investigation into Van Den Abeele's conduct since June 2003.

But, it noted, the minister had only decided to suspend the tax official after Het Laatste Niews had published its report.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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