Potentially crucial information regarding associates of Salah Abdeslam received by Malines-Willebroek police was not taken seriously by commanding officer Yves Bogaerts. This was because he was in conflict with the inspector who received the information, Knack wrote on its website on Sunday.
Knack.be said Yves Bogaerts didn’t like the way the inspector didn’t always reveal where he got his information from. The inspector has since been on sick leave for a year because of the conflict. He is still passing on information to his colleagues from time to time, as he is an expert in radicalisation.
Information about Abid Aberkan was received at the end of November. Aberkan lived at the address where Salah Abdeslam was arrested on the 18th of March.
The P committee is currently looking into why the information was not put into the police’s general database. Bart Somers, the mayor of Salines, says the investigation is almost over.
Bart Somers wants to wait for the P committee’s report, so will make no more statements about the case. He expressed his support for the commanding officer at the end of March. The commanding officer says he did not hold back crucial information.