Category Archives: Belgium

Billions missing from frozen Gaddafi accounts in Belgium – reports

Prosecutors are investigating whether Belgian banks paid out interest and dividends on accounts frozen under UN sanctions in 2011 after the ouster of the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Up to €5 billion ($5.7 billion) could have been disbursed to people controlling Libyan accounts, including militia groups in the country which stand accused of human rights abuses, according to a report by public broadcaster RTBF which cited an unidentified source.


Belgium cuts ties with PA’s education system

Belgium has broken its relations with the Palestinian Authority (PA) bureau in charge of education over its honoring of terrorists and will no longer fund the construction of its schools, a government spokesperson said, according to JTA.

The Belgian Education Ministry announced the move — the first of its kind by any European country — this week, the Joods Actueel Jewish newspaper reported Friday.


Belgium Bans Halal Slaughter, But Muslims in Capital Brussels Are Exempt

While Flanders and Wallonia are set to ban unstunned Islamic ritual slaughter in 2019, the practice will remain legal in the Belgian capital of Brussels.

One of Islam’s most holy days, the Eid al-Adha festival, begins this week as Muslims around the globe engage in the ritual sacrifice of various animals including cows, sheep and goats.


Belgium restaurant stabbing: Several people killed after knifeman launches brutal attack

Several people have been killed and multiple injured at a restaurant stabbing in Belgium, according to reports.

An area in Moresnet-Chapelle has been shut down and emergency response crews and police are currently on the scene.

Mayor of Plombières Thierry Wimmer confirmed there were “several” fatalities, while local news outlets reported three people had died.

From the DM: Mayor Thierry Wimmer told the Belga news agency that multiple people were killed in the stabbings at the restaurant. The incident is not believed to be linked to terrorism, the mayor told the news agency. We’ll see.


Viral Video Bus Operator Will Halt Service to North Brussels After Attacks

The Flixbus inter-city bus company plans to cancel its service to a station in Brussels North, citing frequent attacks on passengers and threats to drivers.

Drivers say gangs lie in wait for their buses nearby to the station in the Belgian capital, which also serves as the European Union’s major administrative centre.

Once they pull in, the criminals pounce, stealing luggage and robbing passengers at knifepoint, while threatening drivers who dare to intervene.


Bus company to leave Brussels migrant suburb after numerous violent incidents

Bus drivers from the company FlixBus sounded the alarm about the several serious incidents each week in the northern part of Brussels. Incidents like robberies and knife threats in Brussel-Noord, Belgian newspaper HLN reports.


Belgium arrests Iranians plotting to blow up other Iranians in France

Couple charged with planning attack on ‘cult-like’ Iran group in France

Belgian authorities have arrested a married couple who are accused of preparing a bomb attack during a packed rally held by an Iranian opposition group in France last weekend.

As well as Iranian exiles, there were numerous American speakers at the Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK) event, including Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s attorney.

The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said on Monday that the couple, Belgian citizens of Iranian heritage in their 30s, were charged with “attempt at terrorist murder and preparing a terrorist crime” against the Iranian opposition group in Villepinte, near Paris.


Belgium Receives 60 Reports on Potential Terrorists Daily

The Belgian Coordination Unit for Threat Analysis, operating under the authority of the Federal Public Service Interior, started receiving about 60 reports daily from citizens about individuals who pose a potential terrorist threat after the deadly knife and shooting attack in the city of Liege, De Morgen reported Saturday.