Van Tigchelt announced as new Belgian Justice Minister

Van Tigchelt announced as new Belgian Justice Minister
Paul Van Tigchelt. Credit: Belga / Benoit Doppagne

Paul Van Tigchelt has been announced as Belgium's new Justice Minister, the Palace said in a statement on Sunday afternoon. King Philippe will grant him an audience at 17:30 on Sunday for his swearing-in as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice and the North Sea, in the presence of Prime Minister Alexander De Croo.

Prior to this appointment, Paul Van Tigchelt served as the head of the Coordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM) for four years. In 2020, he took on the role of deputy chief of staff for justice and security under his predecessor, Vincent Van Quickenborne.

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Van Quickenborne resigned on Friday after it transpired that his Ministry had failed to deport Abdessalem Lassoued despite the fact that the Tunisian national had had his asylum application rejected.

On Monday evening, Lassoued killed two Swedish citizens in Brussels. The 45-year-old self-proclaimed "follower of ISIS" later died after being shot by Belgian police at a café not far from his home in Schaerbeek on Tuesday morning.

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