File: Jozef Franz Achtergael pictured in Kerala, India where he founded and a boys football school
Convicted paedophile Jozef Franz Achtergael, 61 was arrested by Maltese and Belgian police on Thursday evening, after he was found to be living in a house in Xaghra, Gozo.
Achteragael, who has already served five years in prison and released in 2000 after being convicted of sexual abuse of minors, has prompted investigators to look into what contact the Belgian may have had with children in the Gozitan village.
According to sources, although Achteragael was found to be living in a house just three corners away from the Xaghra school, his contact with the community was said to have been "minimal" due to the fact that he had been there for just a few weeks. The school is closed for summer holidays.
Achteragael was brought before Magistrate Antonio Mizzi late yesterday where he consented to his extradition to Belgium and face fresh charges on child abuse. He is expected to be extradited later today.