Turmoil over 'sighting' of deported top gangster
19 September 2006, BRUSSELS — The controversy around deported Albanian gangster Victor Hoxha continued on Friday as the Antwerp public prosecutor, attorney-general and federal Justice Minister were called to explain the affair.
19 September 2006
BRUSSELS — The controversy around deported Albanian gangster Victor Hoxha continued on Friday as the Antwerp public prosecutor, attorney-general and federal Justice Minister were called to explain the affair.
Hoxha was granted an early release from jail at the end of last year and placed on a flight to Kosovo.
He was told to never return to Belgium with the threat he would be forced to serve out the last half of his jail term.
But it was revealed last week that Hoxha was reportedly seen in Antwerp during the summer and that justice authorities failed to arrest him.
The city's public prosecutor, Bart Van Lijsebeth, and attorney-general Christine Dekkers were called to give an explanation about the incident in the Supreme Court on Friday.
The hearing was to focus on what justice authorities should do if a deported gangster returned to Belgium, news service VRT reported.
The role of the Antwerp public prosecution office in the Hoxha affair was also up for discussion.
It is extremely rare for the Supreme Court to request an explanation from a prosecutor and attorney-general.
The hearing came at the request of Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx, who has also been sharply criticised over the Hoxha controversy.
The Francophone Socialist PS minister had given the green light for Hoxha's parole.
Public outrage has erupted over the incident amid concerns the latest incident is just yet another example of poor judicial policy.
The Flemish Liberal VLD fears that Minister Onkelinx will pay a heavy price for the controversy.
Onkelinx was also due to give the Belgian Parliament an explanation about the affair on Wednesday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news