Belgium in Brief: Dutroux hearing, Belgian wife of jihadist could be repatriated and death threat complaints
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    Belgium in Brief: Dutroux hearing, Belgian wife of jihadist could be repatriated and death threat complaints

    Brussels Criminal Court is set to hold a hearing on Marc Dutroux, the Belgian wife of a Swiss jihadist could be repatriated by Switzerland and what the new Flemish government means.

    Here’s a recap of the news you might have missed this morning:

    1. Court to hold hearing on liberation request from serial child killer Dutroux

    A hearing concerning a liberation request from Marc Dutroux, a serial child rapist and killer convicted to life in prison, will be held by a Brussels criminal court in October. Read more.

    2. The new Flemish government: what it means

    The new government, consisting of the same parties as the previous one: rightwing N-VA, centre CD&V and liberal Open Vld, came to a coalition agreement after 127 days of negotiating. Read more.

    3. Belgian wife of Swiss jihadist could be repatriated by Switzerland

    A lecturer at the Karel de Grote Hogeschool, a technical college, in Antwerp has been sent on sick leave after he asked his students to perform several acts for the climate in exchange for better grades, report Belgian media. Read more.

    4. Thousand euro reward offered for tips on killers of wolf Naya

    A Dutch animal rights group is offering up to €5,000 in exchange for a “golden tip” which could lead to the presumed poachers of wolf Naya and her cubs. Read more.

    5. Former investigator files death-threat complaint against Didier Reynders

    Ex-State Security agent Nicolas Ullens de Schooten on Monday filed a complaint with the federal prosecutor’s office for death threats received while investigating corruption and money laundering cases in the course of his former functions. Read more.

    6. Thomas Cook Retail Belgium officially closes its doors

    The management of Thomas Cook Retail Belgium confirmed on Monday that it is officially declared bankrupt. Read more.

    7. Nearly half of Belgians found to be overweight: report

    The number of overweight or obese people in Belgium is mounting at the same time as smoking and regular drinking habits decline, a new federal health survey showed. Read more.

    Evie McCullough
    The Brussels Times