The Brussels public prosecutor’s office is conducting an investigation into the suicide attempt of a detainee in the cell complex of the Brussels courthouse. The man is in critical condition in hospital.
The facts took place on Monday afternoon. The man had just appeared before the council chamber in the context of his pre-trial detention in a file of the Brussels public prosecutor’s office.
“His detention was confirmed, after which he was escorted to the cell complex awaiting his transfer to prison,” says Yasmina Vanoverschelde of the Brussels public prosecutor’s office, following a report from the French-language newspaper Le Soir confirms.
The man is said to have behaved very restlessly, after which the police removed his shoelaces as a precaution. “When the officers checked the man’s cell 15 minutes later, they discovered that he had tried to hang himself using his T-shirt,” Vanoverschelde said. “The officers immediately provided first aid and called the emergency services and the MUG. After the arrival of the emergency services, the victim was immediately transferred to hospital.”
The public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation to determine the precise circumstances of the incident. The technical investigation department of the federal police, among others, was sent to the cell complex for a trace investigation. “The man is still in hospital in a very critical condition,” the public prosecutor’s office said.
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