Four soldiers targeted by the searches of November 3: they were “suspected of having sympathy for the extreme right”

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They were “suspected of having sympathy for the extreme right,” she said in the House National Defense Committee, citing the Department’s General Intelligence and Security Service (SGRS), while an investigation conducted by the federal prosecution and initiated at the express request of the military intelligence service is still ongoing.

“Only one soldier” among the four who had been the subject of a search had a security clearance, which was withdrawn “as a precautionary measure”, declared Ms. Dedonder (PS) by presenting, after some palaver on the procedure, its general policy note.

These searches, carried out on November 3 by the federal judicial police of Charleroi, took place in three army barracks – the Florennes air base and two districts located in Sint-Truiden (the campus of the Royal School NCOs (ERSO) in Saffraanberg) and Heverlee – and in eight private homes.

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No connection to Jurgen Conings

They were, according to the Defense, not directly linked to the Jurgen Conings case – named after this far-right-minded master corporal, a member for a time of Vlaams Belang, who disappeared on May 17 after having robbed weapons at the barracks of Bourg-Léopold (Limbourg). He was finally found dead on June 20 in a wood of Dilsen-Stokkem and his death was blamed on suicide.

“There is no place in Defense for extremists, racists and sexists. I will continue to pursue a zero tolerance policy against any trivialization of extremism, ”the minister warned to the deputies.

It thus announced its intention to extend in the future to civilians recruited in increasing numbers by the Defense the security “screening” which applies to military candidates “to“ make the (verification) system more coherent ”. “In the event of a negative opinion, the person concerned will not be engaged,” she explained.

Check every five years

Such verification by the SGRS will also apply to all personnel – civilians and military – of the department “every five years”, added the minister.

According to her, it is a question of “protecting the organization against risks coming from the interior” and of responding to a recommendation formulated by the committee R, the control body of the civilian intelligence services (the Sûreté de l ‘ State) and military (SGRS).

The Minister also announced the development of “adapted procedures” to make it easier to take measures “- including, ultimately, the” end of employment “- against soldiers or civilians who do not comply not the common defense standards and values.

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