Belgian news in brief, 24 May 2006

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Belgian jailed for fatal scaffolding disaster

Belgian jailed for fatal scaffolding disaster

Belgian scaffolding designer M.S., 34, was jailed for 12 months by a Dutch court on Wednesday for the manslaughter of five maintenance workers at the Amercentrale power station in the Dutch town of Geertruidenberg on 23 September 2003. They died when the scaffolding in a boiler they were working on collapsed. The court in Breda also imposed a EUR 450,000 fine on S.'s employer Albuko from the Belgian town of Wijnegem. The court said S. and his company had acted recklessly. A second scaffolding company Hertel from Rotterdam, was ordered to pay a lesser fine of EUR 300,000. The presiding judge said this company, unlike Albuko, had taken steps to prevent a similar accident occurring again. A lawyer for S., who did not turn up for the hearing, said his client felt morally responsible for the accident.

New AIDS inhibitor drug

The production of a new AIDS inhibitor has started at Janssen Pharmaceutica in Geel, near Antwerp. It is the first time that such a drug has been developed and produced in Belgium. The drug was developed by both Janssen Pharmaceutica and its partner company Tibotec. It is different from existing anti-HIV medicine due to its ability to treat more resistant forms of the virus.

Rolling Stones postpone concert

The Rolling Stones have postponed 15 European concerts, including the planned 1 June performance in Belgium. The health of guitarist Keith Richards — who recently fell from a palm tree — was blamed for the decision. The new dates have not yet been released.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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