And justice for psychopats?

Last Monday 7th September 2015, was quite an emotional day for me. The man who has been terrorising my wife and by default our little family for the last 7 years, was put on trial for having given his former girlfriend the same treatment as he gave his then wife years before. His wife left him because of the years of physical and mental abuse, because of the many women with whom he cheated on her, because of the many days and nights she was left alone to raise their three children, because of the lies he had been telling her every single day about the most trivial things, because of his dominant ego that did not allow challenge, because of his unrelenting alcohol abuse, and for many more reasons.

In previous posts I wrote about domestic violence, and about him. It turned out he had been cheating on his former girlfriend with at least 10 women at the same time when she found all the messages he sent them on his mobile phone, including close up videos of him ‘spanking the monkey’. When she confronted him with this in June 2014 he did not react, so she shoved him while he laid in bed. She wanted to provoke a reaction but she never expected him to react the way he did. The medical exam found bruises on her neck where he tried to strangle her, a broken eye orbit, a broken nose, a broken lower jaw, a concussion, several bruises and cuts, etc.. Their 5 kids (3 of him, 2 hers) saw her running with her blood-soaked front out of the bedroom… The kids saved her life by yelling and crying, which gave her the opportunity to escape out of the house.

So yesterday morning we gathered at the entrance of the Ghent courthouse to witness the fall of this violent man. His former girlfriend was of course there, as being his victim. Two colleagues and a friend of her were there too, as was I. My wife could not take the day off from work, but as a former victim she was continuously kept up-to-date by me via cellphone, and she could not concentrate on her work by the stress this event generated and the painful memories coming back to her.

First the counsellor for the victim started his plea. The accused had also filed a complaint against his victim saying she hit him, and she violated his privacy by opening his mail on his phone, trying to counter the charges against him. The victim confirmed she ‘hit’ him by giving him a shove after he refused to answer her questions about his many affairs she just found out. The judges seemed well informed about the case, and listened attentively to the victim’s counselor plea.

Then came the prosecutor. The courtroom went quiet when the prosecutor demanded a jail sentence of 10 months, a fine (I could not clearly understand the amount), and all charges against the victim dropped. My confidence in Belgian justice has always been close to nonexistent after all the years we lived in terror by this guy without justice nor police intervening despite our numerous complaints (they even dropped the case when my wife was hit unconscious on the street in front of their own children two years after their divorce), but the prosecutors stance revived my hopes.

And then it was the turn of the defendant’s counselor to plea. She demanded the court that the charges against her client would be dropped, and that his victim would be convicted because it was she who hit him first, and he couldn’t respond in no other way than hitting her back, thus making it legal self-defense. The counselor admitted that her client was not physically hurt by the ‘hits’ of his then-girlfriend, but abstraction should be made from the incurred consequences. The faces of the judges changed into disbelief. The President of the Court started attacking the defendant’s counselor, asking if she had clearly seen the pictures of his victim, and if she was trying in any way to deny the horrible things her client had done to his victim? The counselor stammered and tried to talk herself out of this but to no avail, the President was clearly irritated and agitated by her plea.

The defendant was given the chance to speak up, and the judges seemed at first rather friendly, asking him if he had anything to add to his counselor’s plea. He started to apologize for what happened to his victim, but explained he had suffered so much in the past year because of his name being dragged trough the mud and his ex-wife giving him a hard time. The President asked him if he really felt sorry, and the accused confirmed. Then the president asked him how this could be reconciled with the fact that he pleaded not guilty and indicted his victim for having committed a crime against him. How could you feel sorry when you tried to invoke legitimate self-defense? Why feel sorry if you say you did nothing wrong? The accused was cornered and could not find the words any more, for every time he declared something the President attacked him on that. It was a rather unfair fight but it raised my spirits.

During the verbal beating by the President all the lies and flaws in the story of the defendant were uncovered, one by one, and in the end no one present in the courtroom could believe any word of that man any more. He tried to explain that his alcohol abuse was the fault of his ex-wife who left him, the same for his sex-addiction. But that he went to a psychiatrist to let himself be helped. Direct questions by the President as to who did the therapy and where and when were answered by evasive responses, just like all questions asked by the judges. It all became too much for him and he asked the court to be allowed to be seated for he felt ’sick’. When asked a direct question about his cheating he tried to get off the hook by stating that he would not answer that question “out of respect” for his ex-girlfriend. And he tried to wriggle himself out a few times by saying that he would give ‘one example’ but that the same happened dozens of times. I thought every time again the President of the Court would explode. He demanded proof but none could be given by the accused, even not a simple proof of the one example the defendant brought up.

This was clearly one of the few times in his life he did not manage to impress a counterpart by his lies, a completely new situation for him I guess. The standard tactic of him had always been to give a little example, mostly a lie, and then to emphasise the same had happened so many times he could give dozens of examples. This sometimes followed by the statement that he would not do that ‘out of respect’ for this or that person, that way closing off any further inquiries into that matter and selling his lies as a credible fact. As long as people did not go to much into detail he managed to keep up the smoke curtain. Whenever people asked too many questions, he just broke off contact, or in the case of women, he just beat them up if he got a chance.

The defendant lost his arrogance, convinced of his righteousness at the start of the court session, and broke up in tears. Completely overwhelmed by frustration of not being able to show the judges his presumed innocence, and completely cornered by his own contradicting words that led the judges not to believe any word from him any more. He sat down repeatedly rubbing his face in his hands. It was quite an emotional sight for me to see this, and tears flowed from my cheeks as all the pains and fears incurred in the past seven years seemed to come out. Of course his tears were not out of remorse, they were tears out of self-pity for the whole world seemed to be against him with nobody understanding nor believing him.

The court concluded the accused always took the time to scrutinize others to lay the blame upon them, but constantly avoided to look at himself and to search for the reasons of his problems in his own behavior. And he clearly did not show any genuine regrets about what happened. The defendant replied in tears he was sorry, but the President pointed out the complaints he filed just two months before against his victim (he did this one year after the facts and after having read the charges against him, so he could counter the charges by trying to blame the other – bad move…) and his demand he would be exonerated while she should be punished.

Just when the President wanted to finish the hearings the prosecutor intervened. Dismayed by the pertinent lies and the complete lack of any sense of guilt by the defendant, she demanded that the jail sentence should be given effectively, and that she would strongly oppose a suspended sentence.

We, friends of the victim, stood up and positioned ourselves in the corridor the defendant would have to use to leave the courtroom, thus forcing him to look into our eyes as he passed us. I have never seen him looking so pale and shocked. The fact that he could be punished for his deeds was unthinkable for him, he always looked at his surroundings as ‘him against the world’, or rather ‘the world against him’, but with him being the best and smartest, superior to all and invincible.

Unsurprisingly no one turned up at court to support him. With so many women thinking he was having a relationship with them, with all his family, friends and colleagues, at least someone should have offered to show up to comfort him. Many of them knew he had to appear in court that day, I made sure they knew… Surely he told them off, with whatever excuse for he absolutely did not want others to hear the truth about him. Especially his relatives and his drinking buddies hiding under the pseudo-philantropic organisation called Kiwanis Gent disappointed me. The Kiwanis declared, when confronted by the last beaten-up victim (she showed up at one of their meetings with her bruises, swollen lips, darkened eyes, her facial cuts) of their candidate-chairman that: “their friend and colleague was in need, and they would do whatever they could to help him”. Never mind the victims thus… But maybe they were too scared to find out the truth about him in court?

The court will present the final sentence on the – for us – historical day of September 21st, 2015.

Last Friday I sent the defendant a mail with a prediction. My prediction was he would be convicted by court, and that he himself would help the court convict him. My prediction came true. His own lies and contradictory declarations served him badly, as did his poor attempt to reverse charges on his victim.

I will make sure the world knows what he has done, and what his punishment is. Even if I do know I might be breaking the law doing this. But when we needed the law to protect us, they were not there, except for seven years later and for another one of his victims. Last time my wife filed complaint against him for stalking (at least once a week he sends text messages in the middle of the night usually starting with something like “I love you even more than before”, and ending up one hour later with: “you bitch, you killed your family!!”) the police told her “to come back in one year if he persisted in his behavior”. But if he expects this to be the last lawsuit against him, I can reassure him this is just the beginning. Our children need protection from this monster. As do his future victims, which could be any living woman on earth.

We will not forgive. We will not forget. Expect us.

Love ❤️, yann.

Monsters & Co.

These days should be wonderful days for me. They are, but things are nagging in my mind, and are disturbing my peace of mind. After two days of rain and wind the temperatures are rising again towards 28°C, and the sun is shining. I have been busy working in the garden, collecting the first fruit of the season like cherries and strawberries, making fruit leather in the dehydrator of them. Last season 90% of the fruit my garden produced was left to rot, because there is no way I can consume these large amounts of fruits. But now, by dehydrating them, I can store them for the next months and eat them at my own pace.

Instituut-voor-Rechten-Vrouwe_Justitia_shThe good news I received is that Belgian justice finally decided to prosecute my wife’s ‘lovely ex’, as I tend to call him in a vain attempt to make the thought of him nicer than the monster he is. The Belgian State prosecutes him in front of the Criminal Court for having hit his ex-girlfriend. It is a miracle! My wife was repeatedly hit by him, ended up in a hospital last time he got aggressive at a ‘chance’ meeting in the street some two years after their divorce, but at that time the court dismissed the case stating he was ‘provoqued’. We got the impression his lawyer had a rather well-functioning ‘old boys’ network’ which he used to get his client off the hook.

Chances he would be prosecuted in court for the beating of his last girlfriend were rather slim. Despite her injuries, like a broken eye socket, a broken jaw, and flesh wounds in the face, it initially seemed nothing much would be done about this guy’s behavior by justice. Fortunately, she being a lawyer having worked for the United Nations and thus being well-connected, her case got the attention of higher-placed judicial authorities. But that makes me wonder what would have happened if she just had been a ‘simple’ housewife or cashier at a grocery store, and the thought that nothing much would have happened in that case sends shivers down my spine.

fviolence5This guy needs not to be underestimated. Like most psychopaths he managed to work his way up on the social and professional ladder. After having served many years as a high-ranking manager of Microsoft Belgium, which job gave him the opportunity to meet with politicians and CEO’s, he resigned from the job and started a small company as free-lance consultant. Well, many people doubt he left Microsoft of his own free will, probably his job was terminated because his aggressive behavior got out of control between colleagues too. But as yet we have no proof of that, maybe this will also be revealed during the court action. But still he is roaming around in higher circles, selling his stories and innocent front to all who want to hear.

He almost managed last year to be elected chairman of the local Kiwani’s, unfortunately for him his ex-girlfriend showed up at one of their meetings two days after she was almost beaten to death with her face showing all colors from black to red and blue. While being a rather popular member of that old boys’ drinking group hiding themselves behind an altruistic purpose that is only a diversion, some members got doubts and the chairman-to-be wasn’t retained any more as a candidate. Soon after her passage at these guys socializing party the ranks slowly closed, believing more and more his side of the story. Their official declaration was that “one of our members and good friend is in trouble and in dire need of help, and we are here to help him”. Never mind the victim was left on her own and never again she heard from the little club. His story was that he thought she was a burglar, and that is why he first tried to strangle her, and when she blacked out and he got alarmed by the cries and banging of their 5 respective kids on the bedroom door, he just started beating her face up.

His drinking buddies at Kiwanis Gent think it is he who needs help, not his victims.

A year got by since the aggression, and he undoubtably was the last to think justice would sue him in front of a court. He got back to his old habits, writing his ex-wife (my wife) messages in the middle of the night as he always did when he got drunk again. Never mind her having filed complaint after complaint at the local police for harassment and stalking, he every time just got silent for a month and then the whole thing started over again. The police told her last time she filed a complaint that if it continued, she could get back for the next complaint in a year. In one year! We get those messages in the dead of night, waking us up and worrying about what he might do to our family, but the police, well..

The essence of his messages is he wants his ex back, following the principle of anoint and beat. One message is he loves her so much, the next one is that she ‘killed’ her family by leaving him. And she never gave him a chance to show who he really is. A bit pathetic if you consider he is a man who beats every woman that dares to question his actions. Not men, they are too strong for him. Just women.. And to show he really loves her he tries to convince her he is a completely changed man. A bit contradictory if he first tries to persuade her he did nothing wrong, but is was she who was wrong. When she just left him he told her he had found ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’. They had changed him, and they forgave him. But we could never understand this because we were no true believers.. I still have this mail from him telling us exactly that.

He is a manager in this company since he left Microsoft.

Last night he sent her a message on her phone at 1AM with two words: “Regarding Henry”. For those who don’t remember the movie, it is about an ambitious, narcissistic and unethical lawyer who has no time for his family. After being shot during a robbery in a grocery store he can hardly move, cannot talk, and suffers amnesia. Due to the loving care and patience of his wife and daughter he gets better and slowly regains his abilities. And he realises he is a completely changed man, seeing the beauty of the things around him and the love his family has for him. So in the end they become a loving and harmonious family again. Probably our psychopath wants to tell again to his ex, my wife, after 7 years of divorce, that he is a completely changed man. And if you can read between the lines comes that reproach again, as always, that she gave him no second/third/fourth/fifth/etc.. chance.

It is imaginable the Criminal Court order to appear on the 15th of june 2015 for the preliminary hearings truly was a shock for him. He could never have imagined this happening, as every time he did something nothing happened, giving him the impression he did nothing wrong, and reinforcing his idea he was right and all those people being against him were just making a fuss. That led him to perceive himself as invincible and untouchable, making his actions more and more aggressive.

anonymousWhat the outcome of the Criminal Court will be we don’t know. I hope he will be subjected to psychological tests where his anti-social personality disorder can be established as psychopathy is named nowadays. And ensuing that he will be incarcerated for indefinite treatment. Treatment for a disability no one can be treated for, because it is not a disease, it is a malfunctioning of the brain. But I guess my hopes will be vain.

If not stopped, this man’s actions will grow bolder and bloodier, for every acquittal by the judicial system strengthens his idea he is right, and all others are wrong. But that is the way our courts are cultivating monsters. Despite my conviction Belgian courts are corrupt, whether due to lack of funding by the politicians, whether due to the ensuing lack of resources, or whether due to behind-the-curtain schemes of the magistrates and politicians, I still do hope he will not evade his punishment. For rumors tell me he made a lot of enemies in his life, and those enemies are now patiently waiting for a verdict. And I’m afraid justice will be done somehow..

Love ❤️, yann.

And Justice for all…

Instituut-voor-Rechten-Vrouwe_Justitia_shA few years ago Belgian politicians created a new toy to evade their responsibilities to adequately fund the judicial apparatus. In the last decades Belgian justice has become a class-justice. Understaffed, underfunded, and lost in an incomprehensible maze of laws often contradicting each other, the doors have been set wide open for shrewd lawyers and rich clients to evade the full penalty of law. There has been proof of corrupt judges in the past years, and nothing guarantees us that corruption has been eradicated within the system meant to protect the weak.

834734587The police is also low on budget, and needs to economize year after year. Investigations of simple and clear matters take years to finalize, and after that these cases are handed over to a slow and incompetent judicial system. Not incompetent because of the lack of competence levels of the staff, but incompetent for the lack of staff and funds. It is not uncommon for a thief having been caught red-handed by the police forces to be convicted three or four years after the crime, nor is it uncommon for a man literally with blood on his hands from grave domestic violence on his partner to be left roaming freely in society during the following years, awaiting trial. Meanwhile the psychopath is left free to manipulate and deceive, and to go to his job as high-profile manager acting as if nothing happened. The psychopath is even allowed to educate his minor children during these years, because he was not convicted and last trial during divorce granted him co-parentship, even if those same kids were witnesses during the several bloody beatings by their father of his partners and their mother.

'At Filmore holdings, we don't break the law. We donate to politicians to change the law.'But fortunately we have our heroic politicians to come up with creative and lucrative solutions. They invented the ‘GAS-fines’. Gas is an acronym for ‘Gemeentelijke Administratieve Sanctie’, which means ‘Municipal Administrative Sanction’. With the system they effectively sidetracked justice, which they first deliberately made slow, expensive and ineffective (and thus incompetent), and then created the golden egg for the authorities. Each municipality has now designated civil servants charged with the task to search and fine perpetrators of the rules that vary from municipality to municipality. Every town, city, village, is free to set up their own rules to be obeyed.

In some places it is prohibited to climb in a tree. In others it is strictly forbidden to eat a sandwich on the steps to the church. Some places banned singing by children in the street. And there are places where you cannot throw personal trash, like the peel of an orange, the receipt of a purchase or the wrap of your sandwich into the bins lining the streets, placed there to.. right, throw in your small trash while wandering the streets. The main problem is that even a Belgian citizen, visiting a nearby locality, never knows which rules are instated in that place. That gives the Belgian a hard time, and surely seems to enhance the feeling of freedom of the nationals.

When kid I learned in school that our constitution is based on the separation of the three main powers: the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. I cannot determine anything else but an infringement against the constitution. The power that voted the rules, that effectively implements those rules, and the one that fines the transgressions is one and the same.

sheneman-supreme-courtjpg-c6ccb73d1afd2649I also learned – bad student as I was – that there is a legal separation of authorities in the persecution and verbalization of offenders. First the assessment and investigation of a possible infraction (most often done by the police), secondly the review of that infraction by the court, followed by the establishment of an eventual fine, and third the claiming of the pecuniary fines by the State. In this case we have one authority doing the assessment, the fining, and the collection of the fines. Without much of a hassle citizens are robbed in an unconstitutional way of their money, thanks to an illegal system that was legalized by their own politicians.

Of course some people are protesting. The majority is against, but as always the ones raising their voices and straining their necks are part of a minority. Politicians understand well the old adage of ‘divide and conquer’ combined with disguise and deception, by keeping their poor subjects busy with their daily concerns of keeping themselves afloat in the sea of taxes, of worrying about their jobs, of being scared for the future of their offspring, and setting population groups up against each other. So the majority is effectively silenced, and the few ranting and raving are presented to the public as antisocial, as extremists, as unstable personalities. With thanks to the media.

Many lawsuits have been filed against those ‘GAS-fines’, questioning the legality and constitutionality of the laws permitting these fines. But I think you get it.. Justice is understaffed and underfunded… So we are not near a final verdict concerning this matter.

Keep smiling! yann ❤️

Belgian Justice corrupt? Noooo! ?

anti-domestic-violence-the-kitchen-small-82253In June 2014 police in the Ghent region (Belgium) received an emergency call from a woman whose face was beaten to pulp by her partner. They arrived in full force with three police vans at their house and took the man in custody. She was brought to a hospital where was determined she had a broken jaw and a broken eye socket. In addition to that she suffered from major hematoma all over her face, and some cuts. It was all a bloody mess, the front of her shirt was torn and red.

His ex wife was called by the police at 7AM, just after they stormed the house, to go fetch her 3 children (aged 13,11 and 10) who were staying with him at that moment since they were co-parenting since their divorce six years earlier. The children were duly impressed, they were woken up by the cries for help from their dad’s newest partner whom he had a relationship with since three years. Her 2 children (aged 10 and 9) were also present in the house during the drama, and it was the banging and yelling of the children at the locked door of the parental bedroom that offered the beaten-up woman a chance to evade her assailant.

19She declared to the police she sat on his bedside that sunny morning, next to him who was pretending to sleep, when she confronted him with mails he sent to other women. In these mails he wrote in rather foul and demeaning language to these women, in accordance with his dominant sexual appetite. Often he added a video in attachment of him vigorously masturbating. She knew he was cheating on her since quite a while, and while she accepted he needed more sexual partners she did not appreciate his lies and deceit around it. But those messages, and the language contained therein, shocked her gravely. When she told him – still feigning being asleep – that she was rather disturbed by the tone of his sexual adventures, he jumped out of bed, hit her, and ran to lock the bedroom door. Thereafter he straddled her and started to strangle her by choking her windpipe with both hands, banging the back of her head on the floor.

The kids woke up by the noise of the struggle taking place in the room next door. They started shouting after their respective parents, and banged shortly afterwards on their bedroom door. Probably this saved the woman, for he eased his grip on her throat right when her vision started to blur and turn black. She was losing consciousness. The rush of oxygen revived her and she managed to pry herself loose. Having lost his grip he started to beat her in the face with both fists, leading to the trauma described above. Meanwhile the cries, shouts and banging of the kids behind the door went in crescendo, and presumably this saved the victim for the second time. He apparently regained some of his senses and she managed to wriggle herself from under him. After having unlocked the door she fled outside, followed by the children who were in shock by the sight of the bloodied face and clothes of the woman. In the garden she managed to call the emergency services.

His initial statement at the police station was that he remembered little of what happened, beside admitting he beat her. A few days later he rejected this first statement and declared he thought at that time she was a burglar sitting on his bed and he wanted to protect himself and the children.

fviolence5That same day, barely a few hours after the drama, his ex wife received again a phone call from the police that she should return her children to him. This in accordance with the divorce agreement. That happened around 10AM. That same afternoon, at 2PM, he held a Birthday party for his second son in his house, where many kids and parents were invited to. Nothing in his attitude nor talk gave away the dramatic events that unfolded in exactly same place just a few hours before. According to his children and witnesses he was joyful and calm. In the few hours before the arrival of the guests he decorated the house and bought cakes and drinks for the Birthday party. When asked why his partner was absent he told his guests convincingly she was away for her work at the United Nations, where she held a job as a legal expert.

Already I can feel some of you being indignated over the fact that he was allowed to go back home after an attempted murder on his partner, and having beaten her up severely, a mere three hours after the facts. Often we read in newspapers, the same goes for Belgium, that people are kept in custody for a long while after having hurt their partner in a quite lesser way. What made him an exception? Especially if you know that this was not the first complaint against him for extreme violence.

During his marriage his ex wife filed complaint against him because he beat her, causing her to fall backwards on the floor, in the presence of their children. Two years after their divorce he beat her again when they met by chance on the street. He was bicycling with his children and she said hi to her children, which he did not accept. She was evacuated by ambulance to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and  hematoma in the face. During one of their divorce procedures the violence was put on the agenda by her lawyer, but the judge dismissed his behavior as having been ‘provoked’.

Woman being kidnapped and abusedBut this was also not the first time his newest girlfriend filed a complaint against him for domestic violence. In 2013 he pushed her into the deep pond in their garden, and pushed her head repeatedly under water, trying to drown her. This he did six consecutive times. She finally managed to get out of the cold water. But justice and the police saw no urgent reasons to react in any way to her allegations and no follow-up in this case was given. He managed to persuade her this was a bad mistake he made due to personal problems, and she unfortunately decided to give their relationship another try.

Today, a mere nine months after she left him because of the last beating, an investigating judge accompanied by police presented themselves at her front door (where she lives alone with her children). Due to a complaint where she is accused of having committed libel against him, the police came to seize her phones and computers. He effectively managed to rob her of any way of continuing her work as an independent counsellor for the United Nations and the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières.. Her crime? She informed a few months ago the CEO of the company he works for as a manager about the beating she received, accompanied by a self-portrait of her bloodied and mutilated face.

kiwanis_logo_575pxAnd she turned up at a meeting of ‘Kiwanis Ghent’, the organisation that pretends to be socially oriented for the sake of the destitute but rather is a decoy for wannabees to socialize with booze and promote their careers trough the ‘old boys network’. The present members were rather shocked to see her face, her swollen and purple lips, cheeks and eyes, and pledged to help her. Her  now ex-boyfriend stood then on the verge of being elected as new president of this Kiwanis chapter. Not longer than a week later Kiwanis Ghent reversed course and declared that their fellow member was in dire need of help, and that they would do everything in their power to support their suffering friend. His ex girlfriend never heard again from these bar knights with their silver mouths.

Again I can feel some of you getting indignated about the turn of events. At least that is the way I feel about this. And then pops the inevitable question into my mind, causing confusion and fear: could it be that the Belgian judicial system, including police, is corrupt? I can hardly believe this, but these events, and I could narrate some more ‘strange’ actions and verdicts by Belgian Justice that happened in our lives. Because the ‘ex wife’ is my wife since six years. And the psychopaths’ second victim became one of our best friends, after having been told by him during their whole relationship we were ‘terrorists’ and evil people she must avoid contact with, effectively shielding her from finding out the truth about his psychopathic character.

anonymousWhy is a man having been taken into custody with blood on his hands (literally) released a few hours after the crime, and how do we have to situate an organized police action led by an investigating judge, in a case of libel forcing themselves into a house to seize private computers in the presence of children? Where is the proportion in these cases? How does a serious physical crime relate to a mere verbal transgression by an individual? Where is the justification for these judicial steps?

The working of the Belgian police and justice was one more reason for me to go in voluntary exile, and thus to deny this corrupt State my tax contribution. That makes for at least three civil servants less getting their wages paid by the money they used to steal from me, as the total taxes in Belgium (including income tax, levies, VAT, etc..) amounted to two thirds of my income .

Be happy ?, yann.

Belgian Justice corrupt? Noooo! ?

anti-domestic-violence-the-kitchen-small-82253In June 2014 police in the Ghent region (Belgium) received an emergency call from a woman whose face was beaten to pulp by her partner. They arrived in full force with three police vans at their house and took the man in custody. She was brought to a hospital where was determined she had a broken jaw and a broken eye socket. In addition to that she suffered from major hematoma all over her face, and some cuts. It was all a bloody mess, the front of her shirt was torn and red.

His ex wife was called by the police at 7AM, just after they stormed the house, to go fetch her 3 children (aged 13,11 and 10) who were staying with him at that moment since they were co-parenting since their divorce six years earlier. The children were duly impressed, they were woken up by the cries for help from their dad’s newest partner whom he had a relationship with since three years. Her 2 children (aged 10 and 9) were also present in the house during the drama, and it was the banging and yelling of the children at the locked door of the parental bedroom that offered the beaten-up woman a chance to evade her assailant.

19She declared to the police she sat on his bedside that sunny morning, next to him who was pretending to sleep, when she confronted him with mails he sent to other women. In these mails he wrote in rather foul and demeaning language to these women, in accordance with his dominant sexual appetite. Often he added a video in attachment of him vigorously masturbating. She knew he was cheating on her since quite a while, and while she accepted he needed more sexual partners she did not appreciate his lies and deceit around it. But those messages, and the language contained therein, shocked her gravely. When she told him – still feigning being asleep – that she was rather disturbed by the tone of his sexual adventures, he jumped out of bed, hit her, and ran to lock the bedroom door. Thereafter he straddled her and started to strangle her by choking her windpipe with both hands, banging the back of her head on the floor.

The kids woke up by the noise of the struggle taking place in the room next door. They started shouting after their respective parents, and banged shortly afterwards on their bedroom door. Probably this saved the woman, for he eased his grip on her throat right when her vision started to blur and turn black. She was losing consciousness. The rush of oxygen revived her and she managed to pry herself loose. Having lost his grip he started to beat her in the face with both fists, leading to the trauma described above. Meanwhile the cries, shouts and banging of the kids behind the door went in crescendo, and presumably this saved the victim for the second time. He apparently regained some of his senses and she managed to wriggle herself from under him. After having unlocked the door she fled outside, followed by the children who were in shock by the sight of the bloodied face and clothes of the woman. In the garden she managed to call the emergency services.

His initial statement at the police station was that he remembered little of what happened, beside admitting he beat her. A few days later he rejected this first statement and declared he thought at that time she was a burglar sitting on his bed and he wanted to protect himself and the children.

fviolence5That same day, barely a few hours after the drama, his ex wife received again a phone call from the police that she should return her children to him. This in accordance with the divorce agreement. That happened around 10AM. That same afternoon, at 2PM, he held a Birthday party for his second son in his house, where many kids and parents were invited to. Nothing in his attitude nor talk gave away the dramatic events that unfolded in exactly same place just a few hours before. According to his children and witnesses he was joyful and calm. In the few hours before the arrival of the guests he decorated the house and bought cakes and drinks for the Birthday party. When asked why his partner was absent he told his guests convincingly she was away for her work at the United Nations, where she held a job as a legal expert.

Already I can feel some of you being indignated over the fact that he was allowed to go back home after an attempted murder on his partner, and having beaten her up severely, a mere three hours after the facts. Often we read in newspapers, the same goes for Belgium, that people are kept in custody for a long while after having hurt their partner in a quite lesser way. What made him an exception? Especially if you know that this was not the first complaint against him for extreme violence.

During his marriage his ex wife filed complaint against him because he beat her, causing her to fall backwards on the floor, in the presence of their children. Two years after their divorce he beat her again when they met by chance on the street. He was bicycling with his children and she said hi to her children, which he did not accept. She was evacuated by ambulance to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and  hematoma in the face. During one of their divorce procedures the violence was put on the agenda by her lawyer, but the judge dismissed his behavior as having been ‘provoked’.

Woman being kidnapped and abusedBut this was also not the first time his newest girlfriend filed a complaint against him for domestic violence. In 2013 he pushed her into the deep pond in their garden, and pushed her head repeatedly under water, trying to drown her. This he did six consecutive times. She finally managed to get out of the cold water. But justice and the police saw no urgent reasons to react in any way to her allegations and no follow-up in this case was given. He managed to persuade her this was a bad mistake he made due to personal problems, and she unfortunately decided to give their relationship another try.

Today, a mere nine months after she left him because of the last beating, an investigating judge accompanied by police presented themselves at her front door (where she lives alone with her children). Due to a complaint where she is accused of having committed libel against him, the police came to seize her phones and computers. He effectively managed to rob her of any way of continuing her work as an independent counsellor for the United Nations and the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières.. Her crime? She informed a few months ago the CEO of the company he works for as a manager about the beating she received, accompanied by a self-portrait of her bloodied and mutilated face.

kiwanis_logo_575pxAnd she turned up at a meeting of ‘Kiwanis Ghent’, the organisation that pretends to be socially oriented for the sake of the destitute but rather is a decoy for wannabees to socialize with booze and promote their careers trough the ‘old boys network’. The present members were rather shocked to see her face, her swollen and purple lips, cheeks and eyes, and pledged to help her. Her  now ex-boyfriend stood then on the verge of being elected as new president of this Kiwanis chapter. Not longer than a week later Kiwanis Ghent reversed course and declared that their fellow member was in dire need of help, and that they would do everything in their power to support their suffering friend. His ex girlfriend never heard again from these bar knights with their silver mouths.

Again I can feel some of you getting indignated about the turn of events. At least that is the way I feel about this. And then pops the inevitable question into my mind, causing confusion and fear: could it be that the Belgian judicial system, including police, is corrupt? I can hardly believe this, but these events, and I could narrate some more ‘strange’ actions and verdicts by Belgian Justice that happened in our lives. Because the ‘ex wife’ is my wife since six years. And the psychopaths’ second victim became one of our best friends, after having been told by him during their whole relationship we were ‘terrorists’ and evil people she must avoid contact with, effectively shielding her from finding out the truth about his psychopathic character.

anonymousWhy is a man having been taken into custody with blood on his hands (literally) released a few hours after the crime, and how do we have to situate an organized police action led by an investigating judge, in a case of libel forcing themselves into a house to seize private computers in the presence of children? Where is the proportion in these cases? How does a serious physical crime relate to a mere verbal transgression by an individual? Where is the justification for these judicial steps?

The working of the Belgian police and justice was one more reason for me to go in voluntary exile, and thus to deny this corrupt State my tax contribution. That makes for at least three civil servants less getting their wages paid by the money they used to steal from me, as the total taxes in Belgium (including income tax, levies, VAT, etc..) amounted to two thirds of my income .

Be happy ?, yann.