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    Former Brussels councillor guilty of betting shop burglary

    A former municipal councillor was found guilty of robbing a Ladbrokes shop in Schaerbeek. Credit: Google Street View

    A Brussels municipal councillor has been found guilty of taking part in the burglary of a betting shop in the municipality of Schaerbeek in February, according to a ruling on Thursday.

    Kenan Aydogan, former Écolo councillor in the municipality of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode in Brussels, has been handed a probationary sentence which will see him banned from betting shops and casinos for his involvement in the burglary.

    Aydogan was found guilty by a Brussels correctional court of helping his accomplices to rob a Schaerbeek betting shop in February.

    Following the theft, security footage from the betting shop, a Ladbrokes, was released, showing the former councillor enter the shop just before the burglary took place.

    In March, the 30-year-old man announced he was leaving green party Écolo and leaving politics behind “for personal reasons,” according to reports in local media.

    The Brussels Times