Brussels shooting: ministers to be grilled in plenary on Wednesday

Interior minister Annelies Verlinden and state secretary for Asylum and Migration Nicole de Moor are expected in parliament on Wednesday afternoon to be questioned again about the Brussels attack in which two Swedish football fans were killed. The new Justice minister, Paul Van Tigchelt, is also expected to appear.

The questioning follows last week's revelation that Tunisia last year requested the extradition of Abdesalem Lassoued, the man who shot dead two Swedish citizens in Brussels on Monday night. The judge responsible did not take up the extradition request.

On Friday, Vincent Van Quickenborne called this an "unacceptable mistake" and resigned as Justice minister. Verlinden said last weekend that she had no proof that the police had not followed procedures and was therefore not considering resigning.

Van Quickenborne, Verlinden, De Moor and prime minister Alexander De Croo were questioned last week by members of the chamber commissions for Interior Affairs and Justice. Belgium cannot afford a political crisis on the eve of its EU presidency and there is no appetite for early elections on the issue of asylum, migration and security.



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