Charleroi Airport baggage handler arrested for terrorist threats on Facebook
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Charleroi Airport baggage handler arrested for terrorist threats on Facebook

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A baggage handler at Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA), who is also a union representative, was arrested some 10 days ago after posting threats against the security forces on his Facebook profile, according to a source close to the investigation. Searches and wire taps also revealed that he had put pressure on other staff members to take on North African workers.

The suspect had attracted attention by issuing terror threats on his Facebook profile, Sudpresse reported. According to a source close to the investigation, he reportedly said he “wanted to shoot policemen with a Kalashnikov”. An investigation was launched immediately, while the suspect’s badge was deactivated upon the order of the Public Prosecutor, who opened the investigation.

The Federal Judicial Police at Charleroi subsequently carried out searches and wire taps, which yielded evidence that the suspect had pressured other members of staff to favour the employment of friends and people of North African origin. The suspect was arrested some 10 days ago and the Charleroi Chamber of the Council confirmed his detention for one month.

Other arrests could follow in the next few days. Following the events, the BSCA called an extraordinary board meeting for today, Thursday.

Oscar Schneider
The Brussels Times