Kazakhgate: Former President Of The Belgian Senate Is Reached

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Brussels – The former president of the Belgian Senate Armand De Decker intervened with the Belgian Ministry of Justice for a businessman Belgium and Kazakhstan, according to the elements of a part of the investigation on the Kazakhgate, claim Saturday the media Le Soir and Mediapart.

The Brussels public prosecutor announced in late October 2015 that he suspected Armand de Decker of having received money to expedite the passage of a law allowing Patokh Chodiev, a Belgian-Kazakh billionaire , to escape prosecution.

Mr. Chodiev, considered close to the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, had escaped a heavy condemnation pouring 23 million euros to the Belgian State, a transaction that terminated the proceedings. The law passed in record time in spring 2011 had expanded this kind of plea bargain with corruption, then explained the Belgian press.

The Belgian daily and the French site, which had access to various parts of the Belgian and French judicial proceedings ( …) confirmed by sources from both sides of the border, Mr. de Decker report two visits in the company of a French lawyer, Catherine Degoul me.

At first, the two boards go on a Sunday at home Stefaan de Clerck, Belgian Minister of Justice at the time, and then two days later, the Ministry in Brussels.

According to a hearing PV consulted by the two media, an aide to Mr de Clerck told investigators that Mr de Decker had claimed during this second visit, in the absence of the Minister, as a lawyer of the Elysee, and that its intervention was related to the granting of a marketing aeronautics between Kazakhstan and France.

Saturday, parquet Brussels was not immediately available.

Questioned by Le Soir, de Decker recognized a visit to the Ministry but denies having invoked the Elysee.

The revelations of the night and Mediapart undermine the defense of the one currently mayor (mayor) of Uccle, a Brussels commune. Mr De Decker, who has collected more than 740,000 euros of fees according to the two media, said he realized avocado benefits, benefits which are not confirmed by any pleading, says Le Soir.

In a statement quoted by Belga, the former minister is very surprised and worried to discover in this article elements from violations of the secrecy of the investigation.

He denounces the amalgam (the) lack of proven and shades (them) incorrect conclusions from the journalist, hammering not be involved in the development of the law extending the transaction.

According to the RTBF public television, Mr. de Decker will be invited to explain to the authorities of his political party, the MR (reform Movement).

The investigation of the so-called Kazakhgate door on suspicion of bribery and kickbacks affected by significant margin contracts concluded under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy between France and Kazakhstan.
(© AFP / November 5, 2016 8:24 p.m. )

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