gent - Cardinal Joseph de Kesel of Archdiocese Mechelen-Brussels has been summoned as a witness in a trial against the 'Deacon of Death'. The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Belgium is heard in Ghent in January because of the case against ex-deacon Ivo Poppe. It is suspected of at least ten murders on the elderly.
The testimony comes at the request of the defense. From 1978 to 2011, Poppe would, as a general practitioner and nurse in the former Saint Joseph's hospital in West-Vlaamse Menen, often have lost elderly patients in their own lives. Justice sees that differently and calls it killing. He would have killed his mother too.
Since May 2014, the ex-deacons are in the cell. The Kesel, at that time bishop of the diocese of Bruges, unleashed him when the matter was rolling out. The trial in the Assisenhof in Ghent will start in January. Against the verdict of this national jury, a suspect can not appeal.