The person considered to be the “Giant”, one of the members of the gang, was dismissed from the special unit Diane Group in the early 1980s after a shooting incident in Zaventem, writes De Standaard on Tuesday.
The former policeman, Chris B., passed away in 2015 as already reported by The Brussels Times. The Brabant killers are believed to be responsible for a series of violent robberies that mainly occurred in the Belgian province of Brabant between 1982 and 1985. Twenty-eight people died and 40 were injured.
Chris B. was part of the special unit of the Belgian gendarmerie, Groupe Diane, in the early 1980s. He was fired after a shooting incident in Zaventem. The circumstances remain unclear but B. told his family that his weapon had been sabotaged, according to Geert Lenssens, the lawyer of Chris B’s brother’s.
According to his brother, Chris B. was very bitter after the incident. “His brother is now wondering if this was not done on purpose to recruit him to the gang,” says Lenssens. “He thinks that Chris B.’s colleagues may already have been members of the band and manipulated his weapon to cause his suspension from the elite group and make him join the band.