At least five individuals linked to violent incidents committed in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean on New Year’s Eve have been identified, according to information obtained from a reliable source by VTM. Johan Berckmans, West Brussels spokesperson, confirmed Friday evening that identification had been made, based on the analysis of video surveillance, but he added that he could not say how many at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
Proceedings have not yet been established, this police zone spokesperson says. There have not been any further arrests. Brussels public prosecutor’s spokesperson added that he has not yet received any information.
Two court arrests were made at the time of the events. One of these two individuals is subject to a direct appearance before the Brussels Criminal Court. The individual is summoned on February 1 to Brussels Criminal Court; he is charged with contempt, threats and rebellion. The second, deferred to the investigating judge, was charged with contempt, threats and rebellion, but released on conditions.
Police had had to intervene in the night of 31 December to 1 January, mostly around the Étangs Noirs metro station, where young people had set fire to waste and a car. Individuals had also smashed the windows of three shops and looted a pharmacy.
Police and firefighters rushed to the incident scene had rocks thrown at them, which damaged four police vehicles and two fire engines. In the same town, three cars were destroyed by fire the same night, on Ribaucourt St. The fronts of two private homes were damaged.
These incidents resulted in around twenty administrative arrests and two criminal arrests.