Thierry Carreyn, the 52-year-old man responsible for the hoax bomb threat targeting editorial staff at the Le Soir newspaper on Sunday afternoon was arrested in Mouscron and has appeared in court. Brussels public prosecutor hasn’t referred the case to an examining magistrate or required an arrest warrant yet. On Monday, he pointed out that the man was facing between 3 months and 2 years in prison for reporting a false bomb threat.
Last Sunday, around noon, a phone call was placed to Le Soir and Sudpresse head office, located in Brussels’ Rue Royale. A man, who introduced himself as Thierry Carreyn, residing in Mouscron, claimed to be a far left militant. He then accused Le Soir of supporting the far right and of making libellous comments about North Africans. He also threatened to blow up the building.
The staff present at the time took she a nearby hotel and Rue Royale was cordoned off while the building was searched by explosive detection dogs. No suspicious object was found and, as a result, the road was re-opened at about 11:00 pm.
Mouscron local police arrested Thierry Carreyn later that evening. The man was then transferred to Brussels, where he was heard in court.His statement has not yet been released. Thierry Carreyn is not a stranger to the criminal justice system, having already set off a bomb outside the Vlaams Blok (now called Vlaams Belang) headquarters, back in 1999. On March 16th, 2004, he was given a suspended sentence and 5 years’ probation.