Last year in May, three men were murdered in Eisden, in Limburg province. Two were connected to the Outlaws bikers' gang. The three suspects have been linked to a rival bikers' gang, the Hell's Angels from nearby Genk, also in Limburg.
Apparently, the suspects had a big argument with the victims at a party one day before the shooting. The bodies of the victims were dumped in a canal, the Zuid-Willemsvaart. They were inside a van (photo).
"Contacts between public prosecutor and judges"
The trial has now been suspended as one of the suspects used his right to a peremptory challenge. He wants to have the judges at the trial replaced, claiming they are biased.
His lawyer, Joris Van Cauter, explains: "I have documents that prove that there have been contacts between the Public Prosecutor's office and the judges. I was not informed of this, and my client no longer believes the judges are neutral and independent now."
A team of magistrates will now look into the request. It is not sure when the trial can be resumed, but a substantial amount of time can be lost.