There were a lot of questions posed about the discovery of weapons in the canal and it is believed that the investigation was manipulated. The former detective is now being questioned about this.
At the end of October last year, the Federal Judicial Authorities came to the conclusion that the investigation had been manipulated. The Federal Judicial Authorities took over the investigation last February. The Brabant Killers carried out a series of armed robberies on supermarkets in the early to mid 1980’s. The level of violence used was vastly disproportionate to the money taken. A total of 28 people were killed by the gang.
The suspected manipulation of the investigation centres on the discovery of a weapons cache in the Brussels-Charleroi Canal in Ronquières (Hainaut) in 1986. A number of the weapons found had been used in the Brabant Killers attacks. Initially it was believed that the guns had been in the canal since just after the attack in Aalst in 1985. However, scientific analysis of the weapons has found that they could only have been in the canal for a maximum of 7 days and possibly only for 48 hours.
Now after months of investigation a suspect has been detained. He is a former detective, a gendarme for the Delta Cell in Dendermonde (East Flanders). He was involved in the investigation into the Brabant Killers’ attack on the Delhaize supermarket in Aalst and was part of the team that found the weapons in Ronquières.