Investigating magistrate hopes to wrap up Operation Chalice in the autumn

Saturday, 18 August 2018 14:13
Investigating magistrate hopes to wrap up Operation Chalice in the autumn © Belga
The federal prosecutor’s office opened the investigation it labelled Operation Chalice  8 years ago.
It was charged with looking into sexual abuse by the clergy. It's now been claimed the investigation could end as early as this year. “The investigating magistrate in charge of the case hopes to wrap it all up in the autumn”, says Wenke Roggen, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office. She spoke to De Morgen on Saturday. 

“The investigation has been going on for far too long”, says lawyer Christine Mussche. She is representing several dozen abuse victims, along with her colleague Walter Van Steenbrugge. “We have considered many times asking the Chamber of Accusations to look into how the investigation is being handled.” 

Mussche is worried that the investigation won’t end before the year is out, which means the case won’t be handed over for indictments until then either. But the investigating magistrate has said he hopes to wrap up the investigation in the autumn, according to the federal prosecutor’s office spokesperson Wenke Roggen, who also argued the procedure has not be abnormally long. “Eight years is not a long time in such complex cases”, she said. 

Jason Bennett
The Brussels Times
Google Plus

More Stories

Banks may be allowed to open on evenings, weekends and holidays, if staff agree

Banks may be allowed to open on evenings, weekends and holidays, if staff agree

Belgium's banks could start practising more liberal opening hours from as early as next month, if unions representing bank employees agree to a proposal formulated by the banks themselves, De Tijd reports.

Shared transport is all the rage as Billy Bike opens up to all

Shared transport is all the rage as Billy Bike opens up to all

Lime, the American company which provides electric scooters for rent in Brussels, risks being fined by the commune of Uccle unless it takes action to prevent its scooters being abandoned by users on the streets of the commune, municipal authorities have warned.

Antwerp social aid agency must stop using private detectives to investigate applicants

Antwerp social aid agency must stop using private detectives to investigate applicants

The municipal social aid agency (OCMW) in Antwerp has stopped using the services of private detectives to investigate aid claimants, following a decision by the organisation's outgoing chair, Fons Duchateau.