A complaint for sexual abuse of a minor has been lodged against a Belgian Catholic priest in the Central African Republic, AFP told AFP the public prosecutor of Bangui, Laurent Lengande.
In Belgium, an investigating judge was also charged in September with an investigation into Belgian father Luk Delft for « acts of morality against minors » committed in the Central African Republic, AFP reported on Thursday. parquet floor of Leuven (center).
« Now that a complaint has been lodged in the Central African Republic, it is crucial that the investigation that is conducted there is also sent to the investigating judge in Leuven, » said Sarah Callewaert, spokesman for the prosecution.
Father Luk Delft, who has been living in the Central African Republic since 2013, worked for two years in Kaga Bandoro, a city in the north of the country, before being appointed in 2015 the national executive secretary of the Caritas association in the Central African Republic.
A member of the Salesian congregation, the cleric informed his hierarchy of allegations against him after receiving a visit from a team of journalists from the American channel CNN in early June.
Alerted, the foundation Dignity, a structure created by the church of Belgium to fight against the abuse of minors, had demanded in June 26 in a statement the « immediate recall of the Salesian concerned in Flanders », and the « preventive suspension of all its missions as a priest for the duration of the investigation « .
In 2012, Father Luk Delft had already been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment in Ghent on charges of sexual assault dating back to 2001.
He is now suspected of violation of the sentence that was attached to this conviction, namely the prohibition to be part of any institution or association that would put him in touch with minors.
« The Salesian concerned had been sentenced in 2012 for minor sexual abuse. This judgment included probation conditions for 10 years stating that he could not be put in contact with children and young people. However, with the approval of the Probation Commission, the latter received from his Congregation a logistical mission to the Central African Republic « , said the leaders of the Dignity Foundation in their communiqué of 26 June.