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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Prosecutor confirms that Cardinal Danneels is not being charged, at least for the time being

Le parquet confirme que Mgr Danneels n'est pas inculpé

The Brussels public prosecutor confirmed Wednesday morning that Archbishop Godfried Danneels has not been charged after a hearing in the premises of the Judicial Police over ten hours on Tuesday, attended by his lawyer, a doctor and the instructing judge Wim de Troy.

Jos Colpin, spokesman for the Brussels public prosecutor has not ruled out that the former primate of Belgium will be questioned again in coming days, nor that he will be charged one day "but if this occurs, in any case of this magnitude, it will take place at the end of the investigation, "he said. A doctor accompanied Godfried Danneels on Tuesday "to ensure that he remained well, considering his age," said the spokesman, without specifying whether Archbishop Danneels, 77, had become unwell during the hearing . Jos Colpin also stressed "that it would take weeks or months to analyze all the documents seized," and said that only the computers were returned, without specifying whether that of Archbishop Danneels had been returned. No document has yet been returned. About documents linked to the Dutroux case found at the palace, the spokesman for the prosecutor said it was in fact a DVD "which has long circulated in newsrooms including the press" . He declined to specify who will be heard in the next few hours or days in this case.
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