Two police from the police zone Bruxelles-Capitale/Ixelles were questioned on Sunday for criminal association and aggravated robbery. They were imprisoned, the police zone concerned indicated on Tuesday (yesterday), thus confirming information which appeared in the daily newspaper La Dernière Heure.
La Dernière Heure therein states that both policemen are alleged to have strip-searched a Romanian driver on the pretext of checking his papers and to have stolen 5,300 euros from him. It is alleged that they may also have acted ruthlessly in gypsy camps.
“The internal monitoring service of the Bruxelles-Capitale/Ixelles police, in collaboration with the General Inspectorate of the Federal and Local Police, launched an investigation concerning the presumption of very serious acts having been committed by two police inspectors from the force.
The inspectors cases were heard last weekend by the General Inspectorate of the Federal and Local Police and then placed in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office. The investigating judge then decided to arrest them,” indicated Christian De Coninck, a spokesman for the police zone.
“The facts are very serious and the commanding officer for the police zone is taking the case very seriously. He immediately suspended both policemen and a disciplinary procedure is also under way,” he added.