Iranian charged after Belgian courtroom killings

Iranian charged after Belgian courtroom killings

A 47-year-old Iranian man was charged with manslaughter Friday after admitting to shooting dead a judge and clerk in a central Brussels court a day earlier, officials said, DPA reported.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested late on Thursday. Police officials said that he had confessed to shooting the judge in revenge, after she signed in 2007 a court order evicting him from the rented accommodation where he was living.

The Belga news agency quoted prosecutor's spokesman Jean-Marc Meilleur as saying that officials had decided not to press murder charges yet because there was no proof that the killings were premeditated.

However, the man confessed to having bought his weapon, a 7.56-millimetre-calibre hand gun, after his eviction, leaving open the possibility that he could yet be tried for murder.

The killing took place in a small courtroom adjacent to the imposing Brussels Palace of Justice on Thursday morning. The courtroom was used for trying minor cases.

Witnesses said the man entered the court during a hearing, waited until the session had finished, and then without a word pulled out a gun and shot dead the judge and clerk of the court before fleeing on foot.

Belgian media on Friday morning identified the victims as judge Isabella Brandon, 60, and clerk of the court Andre Bellemans, 59.

The presumed killer was identified as an Iranian who had fled to Belgium, and who had been granted asylum in 2002. He had also appeared in court in the 1990s and in 2005, charged with assault, but officials could not say whether he had been found guilty.

Later on Thursday evening, police approached the man in a central Brussels park for questioning. Eyewitness reports said that he pulled out a gun, but that the police fired shots in the air, and while he was distracted, another policeman knocked the gun out of his hand with a riot baton.

Witnesses to the courtroom killings then picked the man out of an identity parade. He confessed shortly after midnight, police said.

Dutch-language broadcaster VRT posted a video on its website, www.deredactie.be, of the final stages of the man's arrest.

According to the site, the man shouted "Let me die! I have paid my taxes," as police overpowered him.

UAE confirms it inked $23 billion deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from U.S.
UAE confirms it inked $23 billion deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from U.S.
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee exceeds forecast of budget receipts in 2020
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee exceeds forecast of budget receipts in 2020
Azerbaijan's Central Bank talks images of new manat banknotes appearing on social media
Azerbaijan's Central Bank talks images of new manat banknotes appearing on social media
Loading Bars
Latest
Kazakhstan increases volume of petroleum oil exported to Germany
Four men jailed for manslaughter of 39 Vietnamese migrants in UK
Reports that Azerbaijani Minister of Sports fell into a coma - not true
Turkey registers more than 5 967 new coronavirus cases
Iran has increased oil export - Minister
UAE confirms it inked $23 billion deal to buy F-35 jets, drones from U.S.
Georgian President meets EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement
Azerbaijan discloses trade surplus with Romania
East Kazakhstan prolongs restrictions
Azerbaijani State Customs Committee exceeds forecast of budget receipts in 2020
‘Bibiheybat’ Ship Repair Yard completes overhaul of ‘Ramiz Hajiyev’ floating crane
Azerbaijan’s export of precious stones and natural pearls up
State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan unveils budget revenues and expenditures
Azerbaijan's Central Bank talks images of new manat banknotes appearing on social media
Azerbaijan discloses area of liberated lands sown with wheat in Aghdam
Azerbaijan confirms 632 more COVID-19 recoveries
Azerbaijani, Georgian FMs exchange views on latest situation in region
Period of revival of previously occupied Azerbaijani lands already began - ambassador
Denim production to be launched at textile enterprise in Uzbek Bukhara region
Azerbaijani expert talks future plans for import of hydrogen vehicles
Georgia - one of largest beneficiaries of EBRD investments per capita
USAID provides comprehensive support to entrepreneurship dev’t in Turkmenistan
French Proparco provides Georgian hospitals with grant to support COVID-19 battle
Uzbekistan to make strengthening relations with states of Central Asia priority
Georgia to establish blackberry plantation via state program
India’s role in combating COVID-19 through vaccine development and manufacturing
Russian Gazprombank expecting Azerbaijani sovereign rating's return to 'stable' outlook
Support for revival of Nagorno-Karabakh must become way of life – Azerbaijani minister
Tesla Israel headquarters nears completion
Armenian soldiers demanding compensation for participation in Karabakh war
Azerbaijan shows footage from Yukhari Abdurrakhmanli village of Fuzuli (VIDEO)
Azercell is always leading with its exemplary service quality
Uzbekistan may consider temporary suspension of yarn exports
Georgia reveals volume of domestic debt
Walmart expands vaccinations in boost to U.S. COVID-19 program
Israeli company eyes creating lavender plantations in Uzbek Namangan region
Georgia reveals volume of imported oil bitumen
European standard bakery to open with support of Bank of Georgia
Kazakhstan investing in Georgia across wide range of economy spheres
Georgia sees decrease in import of aviation fuel
Azerbaijani president declared Karabakh status issue - thing of the past, MFA says
Dagestan starts exporting ceramic products to Azerbaijan
Georgian RMG Gold company's total sales increase
Demand for notes of Central Bank of Azerbaijan exceeds supply
Assessment of damage caused by Armenia to Azerbaijani civilian objects continues
Volume of cargo passing through Astara terminal increasing from year to year
Criminal case opened against more terrorists used by Armenia against Azerbaijan
National Bank of Kazakhstan determines strategic initiatives for 2021
Bukhara oil refinery produces floating pontoons to eliminate loss of light hydrocarbons
Azerbaijan establishes Agency for Development of Economic Zones
Azerbaijan developing employment programs for future residents of liberated lands
Georgia decides to increase subsidies for flour
UK can help Azerbaijan to demine liberated lands - ambassador
Azerbaijan, UK discuss issues of development of co-op in area of defense
EU, FAO supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia
Automated warehouse system introduced at Uzbekneftegaz JSC
Projected volume of trade turnover between Turkmenistan, US for 2021 named
Kazakhstan's monetary base surges in value in Dec. 2020
Uzbekneftegaz manages to reduce imports of materials, technical resources
Elon Musk to offer $100 million prize for 'best' carbon capture tech
Kazakhstan boosts petroleum oil exports to Spain despite COVID-19
Georgia to restore operations of municipal transport, schools and stores
Application of TRACECA single transit permit digitalizes transport and logistics sector
Azerbaijani gymnasts to take part in European Championships in Switzerland
Kazakhstan deregulates tanker call-in services for oil crude, products export
Azerbaijan's energy company building new substation in liberated Shusha (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Regular flights to resume from February 1 in Georgia
PASHA Bank's branch in liberated Shusha to help implement territories' restoration initiatives
Nar offers special discounts for Karabagh war veterans
Austrian Enhanced Resource Company talks about work plans in Azerbaijan for 2021
Azerbaijani banking community eyeing dev't of entrepreneurial ecosystem in liberated territories
German government sees 2021 GDP growth of 3%
Kazatomprom completes COVID-19 testing at its JV with French Orano
Introduction of Euro-5 diesel standard postponed in Georgia
Azerbaijan studying Turkey's experience to create liberal electricity market
Baku Higher Oil School holds discussions on ‘Natural resources of Karabakh’ (PHOTO)
Volume of vegetable oil imported by Turkmenistan from EAEU revealed
Major foreign companies to support logistics and fulfillment center creation in Kazakhstan
Volkswagen operating profit drops by half in 2020
Azerbaijan discloses commercial banks' total share in GDP
Azerbaijan-Turkmenistan co-op development serves economic well-being of region - MP
Georgian government's action plan has direct, clear priorities - PM
Demand for dairy products of EAEU countries increases in Turkmenistan
Cotton fiber production increases in Uzbekistan
All preventive measures to be taken in connection with COVID-19 at Azerbaijani schools
Public Council under Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology to assess damage in liberated lands
Azerbaijan's PASHA Bank talks government initiatives for restoring liberated territories
Passenger traffic of Georgian airports significantly down
Tutoring activity may be resumed in Azerbaijan soon - minister
Turkmenistan increases import of flour from EAEU
China's CEIC, China Reform set up $1.55 billion new energy fund
Uzbekistan reduces gasoline production
Azerbaijan shows footage from Gargabazar village of Fuzuli district (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Greenhouses construction underway at agro-industrial complex in Uzbek Bukhara region
Uzbekistan, Ukraine talk diversification of mutual trade
Uzbekistan’s mining and metallurgical complex eyes increasing its authorized capital
Turkmenistan's fruit imports from EAEU increased
Azerbaijan to continue TV lessons until end of academic year
Minister talks possible date of kindergartens opening in Azerbaijan
Education minister talks epidemiological situation in Azerbaijan
All news