Belgian news in brief, 8 November 2005

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Court suspends Suez' Electrabel offer

Court suspends Suez' Electrabel offer

A Brussels court has decided to suspend the public offer by French utility group Suez for Belgium's Electrabel. "The public offer has been suspended,' a company source confirmed. The source added further that the offer will resume after another Belgian court rules later this week, on an appeal lodged by minority shareholders. A Suez spokeswoman said earlier another court had confirmed that the public offer would close on Monday. Results are expected around 15 November and the offer will reopen if acceptances go over 90 pct, magazine Forbes reported.

12pc fall in cinema ticket sales

Fewer and fewer people are going to cinema. Ticket sales in Belgium have fallen by almost 12 percent this year, while the decline in neighbouring countries is even bigger. The Federation of Cinemas said falling sales are due primarily to the quality of films. It said films are overly targeted at youth, turning older filmgoers away. Other causes are the increasing popularity of home cinema systems and pay television, broadcaster VTM reported.

Belgian found dead in Maastricht

A man was found dead in a delivery van with a Belgian register plate on the Wilhelm quay in the Dutch city of on Sunday morning. Police said the Belgian man, 43, died as a result of foul play, Dutch news agency ANP reported. The van was left in a car park next to two boats that are used as cannabis coffee shops. The Belgian police arrested a suspect on Sunday in connection with the death. The suspect was identified as the boyfriend, 35, of the victim's former wife. Justice officials in the Belgian district of Tongeren believe the victim was beaten to death in the house where he used to live with his ex-wife.

Call for hooligans to report to police

The Liberal VLD and Reform Movement MR have lodged a proposal in Parliament obligating football hooligans who incur a stadium ban to report to police during 'risk matches'. Those who fail to report to police will see their stadium ban extended by three months. Both parties are confident the legislative proposal will gather majority support.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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