In the morning he greeted the special forces of the federal police who ensured his safety; In the afternoon, he stood before the deputies who, from all parties, applauded him while Eliane Tillieux, president of the Assembly, showed him her support and assured him of the solidarity of the House of Representatives. On Thursday, September 29, Vincent Van Quickenborne, Belgian Minister of Justice, appeared in public for the first time since the threat of kidnapping that hung over him became known. After the session, he went to a secure residence where he lived for several days with his wife and his two children, ages 3 and 6. The authorities do not confirm the information, but he would have left this “safe house” before the weekend, remaining under very high protection.
For the Minister and the judicial authorities of the country, there is no doubt: the Dutch drug mafia is behind this kidnapping project. Four men are behind bars in the Netherlands, and a court in Amsterdam must rule, within sixty days, on the extradition request made by Belgium.
On the night of September 22, a police patrol searched a car with a Dutch license plate in Kortrijk, the city where Mr. Van Quickenborne lives and of which he has been mayor since 2013. The police do not act at random: the security services have been alerted to a possible kidnapping. The three occupants of the vehicle are known to the Dutch justice – one of them has already been convicted of attempted kidnapping – but not to the Belgian police, who let them go. However, their identity has been noted and they will be arrested in the Netherlands the following night. Meanwhile, the Belgian police did find in a second car, hastily abandoned 100 meters from the minister’s house, in front of a garage door, heavy weapons, restraints and what will undoubtedly set the car on fire after removal. . . An accomplice of the trio will be arrested on September 25, also in the Netherlands.
C’est un coup de téléphone de Frédéric Van Leeuw, le procureur fédéral, charged with the great criminalité et du terrorisme, who alerted the minister of justice, rent ce jour-là de l’Assemblée générale de l’UN, à New York. The high magistrate tells him “very bad news”. “People don’t always take threats seriously, but in this case I had no trouble convincing my interlocutor.” explained Mr. Van Leeuw.
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