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US Department of Justice investigates Belgians …

US Department of Justice investigates Belgians ...

Bpost boss Jean-Paul Van Avermaet, who was previously cluster manager at G4S, is one of the main suspects.

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The US Department of Justice is also investigating abuses in the Belgian security sector. De Standaard writes that on Wednesday. Several protagonists have already admitted guilt, but Bpost boss Jean-Paul Van Avermaet continues to plead innocent.

In Belgium there is not one investigation into crimes in the security sector, but several. In addition to the Belgian competition authority (BMA), the US Department of Justice has been conducting an investigation since April. In particular because of their anti-cartel cell, in which it is suspected that the large security companies G4S, Securitas and Seris, which participated or contributed to the guarding of institutions such as the American embassy in Brussels and Shape, the central NATO command center in Mons. Secret price agreements made and American interests violated. The Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office is also working on the case, according to several sources on De Standaard.

Bpost boss Jean-Paul Van Avermaet, who was previously a cluster manager at G4S, was named one of the main suspects at the BMA. However, he maintains his innocence. It is noteworthy that his former employer, G4S, fully cooperates and can therefore claim a reduced penalty. Securitas and Seris also work actively together.