BELGIUM'S FOREIGN MINISTER FACES GRAFT INQUIRY


17/09/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO- Belgium's Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, faces a preliminary probe into accusations of money laundering and bribery in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Belgian media, the investigation has been launched into the foreign minister over a complaint by aex-member of Belgium’s intelligence services. Former intelligence member claimed that Reynders took bribes for government tenders and laundered money in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Reynder's office was not immediately available for comment.

In a related development, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Reynders as new commissioner for justice. Ursula von der Leyen, who will take over the EU Commission presidency on November 1, handed the “rule of law” file to Reynders, Belgium's candidate for EU Commissioner.

Reynders and all members of the new commission will be able to officially take office after the approval of the relevant committees in the European Parliament (EP) and the General Assembly.


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