A policeman from the Brussels-West area was arrested on July 30, charged with violating professional secrecy, corruption and forgery, and released conditionally, the Office of the Brussels Prosecutor said on Friday, confirming a report in the Dernière Heure daily.
The charges stem from an investigation into a huge car-trafficking operation in which sports vehicles stolen in Germany were resold in Belgium.
The policeman is suspected of using the police database for his own purposes. He is reported to have issued a series of police records to an accomplice for use in trafficking in stolen vehicles. The cars, rented in Germany, were reportedly sold after being declared stolen to the police and converted in Belgium.
The investigation started some months ago when it was noted that it was always the same policeman who processed the statements related to the stolen rented cars.