Belgian sports journalist Stephane Pauwels has been charged with armed robbery for his alleged role in raiding of a home in Lasne, Belgium.
The 50-yer-old TV presenter in both Belgium and France was arrested as part of a major police probe into a string of incidents in the country.
He is suspected of being complicit in “armed robbery with a firearm, at night, as part of a gang,” according to Wenke Roggen, spokeswoman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office.
Pauwels’ arrest Tuesday followed other two arrests Monday for their involvement in the 2017 robbery.
The arrests are part of a much broader investigation in Belgium including “more than 20 armed robberies in over three years,” according to Roggen.
Pauwels is a TV presenter for RTL-TVI, a private French-language channel in Belgium. He also presents sports programs in France for W9 and TF1.
RTL Belgium has suspended him saying “it is with dismay that the management of RTL Belgium has been made aware of Stephane Pauwels’ arrest for involvement in an armed robbery.”
“RTL Belgium has decided to suspend him with immediate effect as a precautionary measure.”
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