Yorick Jansens

At least two of three Vestiville organisers remain behind bars

An examining judge has decided that two of the organisers of the Vestiville music festival remain in custody. The brother and sister have the Dutch nationality. A third, British, suspect is still being questioned. A decision about him is only expected later tonight. 

The judicial authorities in Hasselt (Limburg) are examining whether the three have committed fraud when they set up the festival. 

Vestiville, a hip-hop festival in Lommel, was to have its first edition this weekend, but was cancelled at the eleventh hour as security measures were not up to standards. 35,000 music fans were left empty-handed.

Fans had been tempted by a strong list of headliners, paying 80 euros for a day ticket, or over 200 euros for a weekend package deal, not to mention the money they paid to get there. 

The judicial authorities suspect that organisers committed fraud - there are talks of false invoices. Public prosecutors are afraid that if the suspects are no longer kept behind bars, they may leave Belgium, contact one another to make sure they make the same statements, or destroy evidence. 

Yorick Jansens