Beheading threats: suspect released and referred to criminal court
Thursday, 11 December 2014
The man who was placed under arrest warrant and charged for attempted extortion with a weapon last October 13th in Anderlecht, has been released under strict conditions, according to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Brussels, who confirmed the news published in the daily paper La Capitale. The procedure ended on Wednesday and the suspect was referred to the criminal court, for attempted extortion and violence leaving the victim unable to return to work. The victim, a shopkeeper from Anderlecht, was first confronted then attacked by a perpetrator unknown to him, last October. The suspect apparently said to him: “you are rich and you must pay.”
A few days later, the same suspect walked into the victim’s office and threatened to behead him if he did not pay 50,000 euros to support jihadists in Syria. The man said he would come to pick up the sum required the following day.
The plaintiff’s case was first dealt with by the Crimes against Persons and Property Unit of the Federal Criminal Police.