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    Brussels- Arguments made in the Sabena case

    On Wednesday, arguments for the defense in the Sabena case continued before the Brussels Grand Jury. Lawyers for the former Sabena executives argued the statute of limitations. Six former executives of the Belgian airline, which went bankrupt in November 2001, are charged with tax evasion. Arguments for the defense continued on Wednesday and will continue for at least two more sessions.

    Lawyers for the former Sabena executives took the floor Wednesday to argue, as did their counterparts at previous hearings, the statute of limitations.

    The plaintiff, representing hundreds of former workers of Sabena, requested that the six defendants as well as twenty other former executives of the company be sent to prison.

    The trustees of Sabena argued that thirty more former executives should be sent to prison in addition to the six charged.

    In November 2011, the Court decided to send the accused to prison.

    The alleged fraud involves the company Sabbel, an offshore subsidiary of Sabena.  According to an investigation, several million euros were channeled through this company between 1995 and 1999 and used to pay off members of the Sabena executive committee after the company declared bankruptcy.

    The arguments will continue on October 22nd.

    Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)