The publication’s interlocutors specified that four suspects were arrested in September at van Kvikenborn’s house. They were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, bladed weapons and a can of gasoline. The politician himself is known in Belgium for his strong convictions in the fight against corruption and the drug mafia. Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo said the threat to Van Kuickenborn was “absolutely unacceptable”. “Let me be clear: no one will intimidate us,” De Croo wrote on Twitter (blocked in Russia) after the attackers were arrested.
For three months now, the Minister of Justice and his family have been living under the protection of special services in a safe house and have been forced to celebrate Christmas away from family and friends.
Thousands of container ships arrive in Antwerp every day, the port city is one of the main entry points for cocaine into Europe. Belgium has become a major drug trafficking hub for Europe, the Associated Press reported. Over the past two years, Belgian police have made dozens of arrests in operations on an unprecedented scale.
More than 214 tons of cocaine were seized in Europe in 2020, 6 percent more than the previous year, and experts from the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction believe that this figure could reach 300 tons in 2022. The expansion of the The cocaine market has also led to an increase in violence and corruption in the EU, and fierce competition between traffickers has led to an increase in homicides and intimidation.