September 9, 1996 in Nation/World

Ex-Cabinet Minister Arrested

Compiled From Wire Services

Police arrested a former Cabinet minister Sunday in connection with the unsolved 1991 slaying of Socialist Party leader Andre Cools, Belgian news media reported.

RTBF radio said Alain Van der Biest was jailed in the eastern city of Liege, where Cools, a former deputy prime minister, was gunned down in a killing believed to have been politically motivated.

A close aide to Van der Biest told police that Van der Biest ordered the killing of his party’s leader. The aide, Richard Taxquet, was among four men charged Friday with involvement in Cools’ death.

Officials denied that the Cools case was linked to the investigation into a child-sex ring.

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