Warned of taking an interest and embezzlement of public property, 22 ex-administrators of Publifin, which has since become Enodia, were offered a penal transaction, which 15 of them had accepted. Seven refractories, believing they had nothing to be ashamed of, had preferred to explain themselves to the criminal court: well took them since the magistrates acquitted them on December 19, 2019.
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The general prosecutor’s office then appealed, demanding from each of the defendants fines ranging from 1,200 to 2,000 euros. A procedure which ended in a new acquittal on September 9, the defendants assuring, among other things, that they had never suspected any dysfunction within the sector committees and recalling that they had never, for their part, perceived every euro from these dubious sector committees.
According to Le Soir, the public prosecutor’s office, however, lodged an appeal last Tuesday with the Court of Cassation, ordering the latter to quash the judgment rendered and to refer the case to a new court of appeal. He considers in particular that the Court of Appeal of Liège did not correctly interpret article 245 of the penal code, which defines the taking of interest and those who can be guilty of it.