“There are still people that might talk after all these years”, says Liège General Prosecutor Christian De Valkeneer. He has been handling the Brabant killings case for the last 7 years. On Saturday, he told Le Soir that the passage of time could actually help solve the case, but he did not want to give victims false hope.
“We don’t have genetic tests or telephone records, but there are still witnesses, people that might talk after all these years”, he said. “The latest developments show that although the passage of time can often hamper investigations, it can sometimes be an ally”, the Prosecutor mused. “Memories fade, but things can resurface. Some of the people involved have died, the context has changed: thirty years later, people are ready to say things that they wouldn’t have done at the time”, he concluded.
He confessed that on several occasions, “we noticed strange goings-on, attempts to influence the investigation”. This especially applies to the discovery of submerged bags containing objects linked to the Brabant killings in 1986. “But we weren’t able to figure out what it was telling us, to find the clues hidden behind it”.
The Prosecutor called it “a very inspiring case, but there are also a lot of disappointments”.