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Ook Peter Maes opgepakt in Operatie Schone Handen

Peter Maes.

Lokeren coach Peter Maes has been arrested in Operation Clean Hands. That indicates The Importance of the province of Limburg. He will tomorrow be presented to an examining magistrate.

The arrest of Maes probably has to do with Dejan Veljkovic, his broker. Veljkovic is one of the leading figures in the recent voetbalschandaal, Operation Clean Hands. He sits in the cell on suspicion …

The arrest of Maes probably has to do with Dejan Veljkovic, his broker. Veljkovic is one of the leading figures in the recent voetbalschandaal, Operation Clean Hands. He sits in the cell on suspicion of matchfixing, money laundering and racketeering in the Belgian football.

The collaboration between Maes and Veljkovic dates back to the first passage of the coach at KSC Lokeren, from 2010 to 2015. The Serbian real estate agent was when the ‘huismakelaar’ of the club. Chairman Roger Lambrecht made him important because he managed was the ‘African gold’ of the club to realise. Veljkovic knew Bancé to sell Metalurg Donetsk and Moussa Maazou to CSKA. Thanks to the transferwinsten could the small Lokeren is financially compete with the top clubs in Belgium.

Photo at the garage in Aalst

Recently popped a photo on of Veljkovic with Maes at the same garage in Aalst where Velkjovic with Sébastien Delferière, one of the two referees named in the scandal, was langsgeweest to give an extra discount to terms.

Maes will be normal the night in the cell, spend because tomorrow it will only be brought when the investigating judge. And that’s not Johan Raskin, reports het belang van Limburg, but a fellow-magistrate, who was also previously assistance offered in the research.

Wrakingsverzoek

Against Raskin was a wrakingsverzoek submitted by Hans Rieder, the lawyer of referee Bart Vertenten, who also is suspected in the voetbalschandaal. What the arguments are, it is not yet known. But probably will go over the link of Raskin with the Belgian football association. The magistrate was to be the beginning of this year in the licensing committee of the belgian football association and Vertenten is as a referee is an employee of that belgian football association.

There are now two options. Or does Raskin within 48 hours voluntarily step aside and he is replaced by a different magistrate. Either he fights the challenge. In that case the court of appeal in Antwerp is on the case of bending, all parties hear and then make a decision. That procedure can be easy 2 months to complete. Meanwhile, runs the research is inevitably a delay. The magistrate may, in the meantime, however, also be replaced by a colleague, but will the file need to practise.

This latter scenario now seems to be the case at the hearing of Peter Maes.