Several lawyers involved in the Sotegec case have noticed that the Attorney General has changed his tune in front of the Namur Council, which will be called upon to rule on the possible detention of the accused. Twenty people including former mayors, Namur council members and city officials are accused of showing favoritism to certain companies by helping them obtain government contracts. The prosecution, which declined to comment, presented all the charges included in the “revised and corrected” version of the indictment, the previous version of June 2013 was incomplete. The Council will rule on October 10th.
The prosecution has taken another look at the case and is studying the role played by former Mayor Bernard Anselme.
“This is long overdue for my client who has done nothing wrong, “said Mr. Neve, lawyer for General Director Jean-Marie Van Bol.
According to Marc Preumont, lawyer for one of the plaintiffs, the prosecutor can”step away from a case and take a another look without compromising.”
The case began in 2006 when Bernard Anselme, the mayor at that time, was suspected of showing favoritism to Sotegec , a company for which his girlfriend, Rita Maillard, was the administrator. Former mayor and council member Jean-Louis Close and former chief of police Guy Jomaux are also charged in this case.
Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)