Paul Vanden Boeynants

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Person.png Paul Vanden Boeynants  Rdf-icon.png
(politician, fraudster)
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In 1966
Born 1919-05-22
Forest, Belgium
Died 2001-01-09 (Age 81)
Aalst, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Party Humanist Democratic Centre
Prime Minister of Belgium, convicted fraudster and tax evader.

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In office
20 October 1978 - 3 March 1979
Preceded by Leo Tindemans

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In office
19 March 1966 - 17 July 1968

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In office
1972 - 1979

Paul Vanden Boeynants was a politician who was Prime Minister of Belgium.

Career

His chef de cabinet was Le Cercle member, Nicholas de Kerchove.

Fraud

He was convicted in 1986 of fraud and tax evasion. He was sentenced to three years' probation.[1] This prevented him from pursuing mayoral aspirations in Brussels. He underwent a political rehabilitation during the early 1990s.

Kidnapping

Vanden Boeynants was kidnapped on 14 January 1989, reportedly by members of the Haemers criminal gang.[2] Three days later, the criminals published a note in the leading Brussels newspaper Le Soir, demanding 30 million Belgian francs in ransom. Vanden Boeynants was released unharmed a month later, on 13 February, when an undisclosed ransom was paid to the perpetrators. Patrick Haemers, the head of the gang, later committed suicide in prison,[3] whereas two members of his gang managed to escape from the St-Gillis Prison in 1993.



References

  1. "In memoriam", De Standaard, 9 January 2001
  2. Dick Leonard (16 January 2001) Paul Vanden Boeynants. The Independent, Retrieved 3 April 2011
  3. Death sentence for gangsters. The Independent, 30 January 1994, Retrieved 3 April 2011


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