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Leterme could avoid resignation calls in Belgium

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Leterme could avoid resignation calls in Belgium


There are signs that the Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme might be able to use a legal loophole to sidestep calls for his resignation, over his alleged role in dismantling the stricken Fortis Bank.

A letter from the head of the Supreme Court, that was made public yesterday, said everything had been done to hamper the delivery of a court ruling that froze the break-up of Fortis in October. The letter did not name Leterme, but even Daniel Bacquelaine, the leader of the Reform Movement which is the Prime Minister’s main ally in government said: “Evidently there are very precise accusations and this case isn’t closed.” “Do they directly concern the Prime Minister,” he was asked. “Yes,” he replied, “I think they do quite clearly.” Late last night, a crisis meeting of ministers heard a report from the chief prosecutor at the Appeal Court in Brussels, saying there had been absolutely no political pressure, but a dysfunction at the heart of the Court of Appeal.

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