Sixth suspect arrested in plot to kidnap Justice Minister

Sixth suspect arrested in plot to kidnap Justice Minister
Belgium's Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. Credit: Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga.

A sixth suspect in the alleged plot to kidnap Belgium's Justice Minister Van Quickenborne has been arrested in the Netherlands. The Dutch authorities will decide in February whether they will also be extradited to Belgium.

The arrest took place on 5 January and followed an investigation launched after various weapons were found in an abandoned car outside of the minister's family home on 24 September.

At the time, Van Quickenborne and his family were forced to stay in an undisclosed safe house while authorities looked into whether the threats were linked to a rise in drug-related violence. It has been suspected that the Justice Minister's effort to crack down on cross-country drug trafficking between Belgium and the Netherlands has made him a target to drug gangs.

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Three suspects were initially arrested in the Dutch cities of The Hague and Leidschendam on the night of the incident, with a fourth apprehended a day later.

A fifth suspect was arrested earlier this month. All five have since been extradited to Belgium at the behest of Belgian authorities.

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