The owner of a building in Liège that collapsed in January 2010 has appeared before the Liège Correctional Court on charges of human trafficking. He is suspected of having acted as a slumlord in the building, located on Rue Leopold (Leopold Street).
A gas explosion occurred on the night of 26-27 January 2010 in the building, which was subdivided into many apartments, and which collapsed, along with the neighbouring building, while efforts were being made to rescue the victims. Fourteen bodies were recovered from the ruins, while many other people were injured.
The legal proceedings related to the explosion are still in progress. At the same time, legal action had been instituted against the suspected slumlord, who is accused of charging exorbitant rent for a building unfit for humans.
The various parties agreed in court on Monday to resume the proceedings on 7 January 2019.