81 year old Count Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz, the former mayor of Poperinge and Queen Mathilde’s uncle, appeared in front of the Correctional Tribunal of the Brussels Council Chamber on Tuesday morning. This was confirmed by the Hal-Vilvorde Prosecutor’s office, and reported on by VRT. Along with Hans Velle, 51, he is accused of fraud worth tens of thousands of euros. The two men are said to have scammed a couple from the Walloon Brabant. The couple were in the middle of a divorce, and Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz put them in touch with Hans Velle. Mr Velle has been convicted of fraud twice. Mr Velle is said to have scammed the couple out of tens of thousands of euros.
This is not the first time Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz has been in court. He appeared before the Ghent Indictment department in early June, suspecting of illegally obtaining farmland worth 100,000 euros.
Henri d’Udekem d’Acoz’s lawyer says Hans Velle took advantage of the count. However, the Council Chamber decided there was a strong enough case against him to send him before the Correctional Tribunal. “But there has been no conviction as of yet”, the Prosecutor’s office has said.