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

Wines and spirits federation wants more breathalyser tests in public places

Wines and spirits federation wants more breathalyser tests in public places

The Belgian Federation of Wines and Spirits, Vinum Et Spiritus, has decided to support the Emile Leus Fund in its efforts to have more alcohol detectors installed in public places.

Belgium, France could need to supply each other with energy this winter

Belgium, France could need to supply each other with energy this winter

The security of France’s electricity supply should be guaranteed this winter, according to the country’s electricity transmission company, RTE, but extra care will need to be taken in January-February and if demand outstrips production, France could need energy from Belgium during those two months.

The year 2018 looks set to be one of Belgium’s driest

The year 2018 looks set to be one of Belgium’s driest

With a month and a half to go before the end of the year, 2018 has had only 118 rainy days, which is within reach of the previous annual record of 143 rainless days, dating back to 2003.