Three accused of robbing dead Belgian cyclist aquitted

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Three Senegalese suspected of stealing from Belgian cyclist Frank Vandenbroucke, found dead in a hotel room in October, were acquitted Tuesday in a court in the west of the country.

THIES - The regional court in Thies, 70 kilometres (about 45 miles) east of Dakar, "acquits Seynabou Diop, Alassane Gaye and Mbaye Seck of theft and complicity in theft," court president Malick Lamothe told the three, jailed since October.

The three, including one woman, were arrested after the death of the 34-year-old Belgian cyclist, whom they had accompanied on the night that he died in a hotel room in the south of the country where he had planned a holiday.

They were not implicated in his death, but suspected of stealing two cellphones and money from him.

According to a Senegalese forensic scientist who performed the autopsy, Vandenbroucke died from a pulmonary embolism.

AFP /Expatica

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