[QODLink]
Europe
Man arrested over Belgium killings
Suspect believed to have killed judge and clerk in revenge attack over rent dispute.
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2010 13:28 GMT
The shooting took place in a building 100 metres from the Palace of Justice [AFP]

Belgian police have arrested a man suspected of shooting a judge and a clerk in a courtroom in the capital city of Brussels.

The suspect, who is believed to be a 47-year-old Iranian refugee, was charged with two counts of manslaughter on Friday, a day after the killings took place.

The man, who has not been named, is said to have killed in revenge for his eviction from an apartment three years ago, following a rent dispute.

The slain magistrate had ordered the eviction, said Jean-Marc Meilleur, a spokesman for the Brussels public prosecutor's office.

'Motivated by vengeance'

The AFP news agency quoted Meilleur as saying the suspect had confessed to the killings, which took place late on Thursday morning in a building 100 metres from the Palace of Justice in the centre of the capital.

"According to his own statement, he was present in the tribunal, he took out a weapon and he fired on the judge and her clerk," said Meilleur.

"He explained that he was motivated by vengeance against the judiciary in general and this justice of the peace in particular," who "decided in 2007 to evict him from the apartment he rented".
 
Meilleur said the investigation into the killings would "have to determine whether the man was mentally ill".

It was the first time a judge had been killed in a Belgian court, the justice minister said on Thursday.

The suspect is said to have stood up near the end of a court session and gunned down Isabelle Brandon, a magistrate, and her clerk Andre Bellemans, then fled from the courthouse on foot.

He was caught eight hours later in a nearby park after a brief exchange of gunfire with police.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.