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Belgium's top court slams govt over Fortis case

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Belgium's top court slams govt over Fortis case

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Pressure is mounting on Belgium’s Prime Minister. The country’s highest court has now accused his administration of trying to put pressure on justice officials handling the break-up of a stricken bank. Yves Leterme was already facing calls for his resignation, amid claims his office tried to manipulate the legal process surrounding the rescue of the Fortis financial group.

At a meeting, parties in the ruling coalition gave support to Leterme who only came to power in March, following months of political deadlock. He has acknowledged certain contacts between his people and individuals related to the court case surrounding the Fortis break-up. But Leterme firmly denies any attempt to influence the process.