Belgian prosecutor probes MEP over police racism complaint

Sallie Anderson

The Brussels public prosecutor’s office has actually opened an examination versus German MEP Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, after she submitted a “racist aggression” complaint versus Belgian police officers and provided statement in the European Parliament.

Throughout a dispute about racism, Herzberger-Fofana, who is black, informed fellow MEPs that she was bugged and daunted by Belgian police previously this month (16 June) after she was shooting 9 police officers supposedly bothering 2 black teens at the train station Gare du Nord in Brussels.

The officers included stated they were searching for 2 Eritreans who were formerly implicated of a burglary with an iron bar at the station.

The 71- year-old Green MEP submitted a complaint stating that equipped police pressed her versus the wall and utilized physical force to make her stand with her legs open in what she referred to as extremely “humiliating”.

“They grabbed my phone from my hands. Four police brutally pushed me against the wall, took my purse and pressed me to the wall, legs apart, and one policeman searched me, they did not believe I was an MEP,” she stated.

Belgian police have actually now released an examination into the event, implicating the MEP of withstanding and threatening its representatives.

Following the demand of the Brussels prosecutor, an official report was prepared versus Herzberger-Fofana for withstanding and contempt, the spokesperson of the Brussels North police zone Audrey Dereymaeker informed EUobserver on Monday (29 June).

She likewise stated that this was a “normal procedure”, considering that there was supposedly a problem with Herzberger-Fofana’s identity documents throughout the event.

Police likewise stated the whole event was shot by security video cameras.

The Brussels prosecutor will choose whether to initiate legal procedures to appear in court for disparagement versus the police.

On The Other Hand, her own different racism complaint is likewise being examined by Belgian authorities.

When gotten in touch with by EUobserver,

The Brussels prosecutor office declined to comment.

Alexis Deswaef, Herzberger-Fofana’s legal representative, stated the police accusations were “just false,” according to the Belgian newspaper De Standaard.

“That report for defamation is not consistent with reality – it’s just false. We will prove in court that we are telling the truth,” he stated.

“There is also a witness, a professor of human rights from the University of Ghent, who also endorses our view of the matter,” he added.

The president of the VSOA police union, Vincent Gilles, stated that if the continuous examination shows that the officers were right, he anticipates an apology from MEPs.

“She was allowed to accuse police officers of racism without any objection. Consequently, if the investigation shows that the officers were acting correctly, I expect nothing less than all applauding parliamentarians to apologise to those officers,” he stated.

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