The individual arrested on Monday morning after a bomb threat necessitated the evacuation of 3 buildings at the European Parliament in Brussels is a 32-year-old Slovak national, according to Brussels public prosecutor’s office. Police found a gun and a chainsaw in his vehicle. The man was wearing military fatigues and said he wanted to meet the European president. He was brought before an investigating judge, and the public prosecutor requested an arrest warrant on the charges of bomb threat, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a restricted firearm.
The 32-year-old was noticed behaving suspiciously at around 7:30pm on Monday evening.
“He was arrested and taken in for questioning,” explains the public prosecutor’s office. “At no time did he become aggressive. He had a car key on him and his vehicle was parked in Rue Montoyer. He sounded confused, and so the area where his car was parked was cordoned off for safety reasons. Several buildings were evacuated and road traffic was diverted.”
The bomb disposal unit of the Ministry of Defence found no explosives in the vehicle leading to the perimeter being lifted. The suspect gave no explanation during his interrogation.
Christopher Vincent (Source: Belga)