brugge - The four men who stand trial for the notorious murder of Flemish project developer and castle resident Stijn Saelens hear their punishment on Wednesday. Two of the suspects are Dutch.
The Public Prosecution Service demanded prison sentences of 24 to 30 years in February after a trial of more than a year in February. The court in Bruges pronounces as of 14.00 hours.
The 34-year-old Saelens was shot dead at the end of January 2012 in Carpentier Castle in the village of Wingene near Bruges. His body was found a few weeks later in a forest, 10 kilometers away.
The main suspect is Saelens father-in-law André G. (67), who has announced that he has instructed Pierre S. (67) to have his son-in-law killed. G. would have wanted to save his grandchildren and daughter from Saelens, who according to him abused his own children. Against G. 30 years has been demanded and against S. 26 years.
The executor of the hit murder was the Dutch criminal Ronald van B., who died years ago. His cousin, Franciscus 'Roy' L. from Tilburg (40), has known to help his uncle, as a driver and when burying the victim. He claims he did not know what his uncle was planning. The Public Prosecutor demanded 24 years in prison against him.
The fourth suspect, Evert de C. (54) from Zeeland IJzendijke, played a mediating role according to the Public Prosecution Service and should have 28 years of age. He denies involvement.
The VPRO broadcasts this week a four-part radio series about the case.
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