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Wanted Belgian paedophile captured in Gozo, to be extradited today
Belgian national Jozef Franz Achtergael, was captured in Gozo in a joint police operation. He will be extradited to Brussels today.
11 August 2012, 12:00am
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.
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