Politics | September 9, 2001, Sunday // 00:00

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, Louis Michel, was accused of concealing a scandal for corruption connected with the mass sales of entry visas for the European Union, the British Daily Telegraph reported. On Wednesday the minister testified in the court of Noeuve Chateau. Michel overlooked signals for unauthorized acts of the Belgian Foreign Ministry and has been concealing an organizer of a contraband network, based in the Belgian Embassy in Bulgaria. The civil claim against the minister was initiated on the basis of the claim of the Belgium diplomatic official Mirian Coen, who was the First Secretary in the Belgium Embassy in Sofia. She says that the ambassador of Belgium to Sofia, Koenraad Rouvroy, is connected with the Russian mafia and that he had established a ficticious company for submitting visa applications for the European Union. The applications had been conceded to members of the underground world, The Daily Telegraph writes adding that Coen`s lawyers informed that there was no result of the criminal lawsuit on cases reported by Coen. Six magistrates tried this lawsuit and the ambassador was not even once interrogated.

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