Criminal investigation launched into owner of “Nazi House”

The Leuven Judicial Authorities have opened an investigation into the owner of a house in Keerbergen (Flemish Brabant) that is decorated on its exterior with numerous Nazi symbols. The news that the man that appeared in the media earlier this week is being investigated has been confirmed by the Inter-federal Centre for Equal Opportunities Unia. 

It is not the first time the 75-year-old man has put his sympathies for the regime of Adolph Hitler on public display. In 2014 a previous complain against him didn’t make it to court as the Leuven Judicial Authorities were unable to find evidence that he had committed any criminal act.  

However, he might not be as lucky this time around. Unia’s Bram Sebrechts told VRT News that “New elements have been found. For example he has put up anti-Semitic items in his garden that can be clearly seen from the public thoroughfare”, Mr Sebrechts told the press agency Belga. Unia will be a civil party in any court action taken against the man.      

The complaint that has been lodged against the man concerns infringements of the law against negationism. If convicted the man risks up to 1 year in prison. Earlier this week the retired soldier told the Francophone public broadcaster RTBF that he was “doing nothing wrong” and that “if they want to lock me up then they should do so”.    

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