On Friday afternoon, the Chamber Council of Namur ordered former Namur mayor, Bernard Anselme, and 10 other individuals and legal entities in the Sotegec case to criminal court. The former mayors, deputy mayors, and Namur socialist city officials are being prosecuted on suspicion of favoring companies when granting contracts, said Namur prosecutor Vincent Macq. The former Minister-President of the French Community is being charged with a dozen counts including Octave Henry Hall and the Hastedon police station.
Bernard Anselme’s partner and former director of Sotegec, Rita Maillard, her former husband Pierre Louis, former Deputy Mayor and Secretary of State Frederick Laloux (PS) and the former chief of staff to Bernard Anselme as well as five city officials and Namur Engineering Technics BVBA (formerly Sotegec SPRL), have also been affected by this ruling.
Among the 29 people charged, some have received a dismissal or have been released by the lapse of time according to the conditions fixed by law, including former Namur police chief, Guy Jomaux, community secretary Jean-Marie Van Bol, former mayor and alderman, Jean-Louis Close and former deputy mayor Dominique Renier.
The case began in 2006 when the mayor at the time, Bernard Anselme was suspected of favoring Sotegec , the company where his girlfriend, Rita Maillard, was the administrator.
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)