BREAKING: Judge shot dead in Brussels court (UPDATE: Suspect caught)

BREAKING: Judge shot dead in Brussels court

Belgian news site HLN reports (NL) the murder suspect is Albanian.

This article was prepared by the Islam in Europe blog -

A man shot dead a female magistrate and a court clerk in a Brussels courtroom on Thursday before fleeing the scene, justice minister Stefaan De Clerck announced.

"This is a real drama. A magistrate, for the first time in history, and her clerk, were killed right in the tribunal room," De Clerck told said on national television.

The justice of the peace who was killed was presiding over a civil tribunal dealing with matters such as divorce and problems with neighbours, according to the minister.

De Clerck described her as "a woman with an excellent curriculum vitae."

"A person entered the tribunal, remained there some time, then killed, at close range, before fleeing," he added.

"We are searching for this person," and there were witnesses, the minister said.


Source: AFP (English)


A 47 year old Iranian was arrested after shooting in the air in the park next to the Royal Palace and the Parliament. He was later identified in a lineup as the suspected murderer. The man said he shot the judge and clerk out of revenge, as the judge had been provoking him for four years. (NL)

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