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A private party at a house in Brussels, in Limburg province, was reported at around 9:30pm local time on Friday. The ten guests was fined €250 each and the party was dispersed according to local reports. It followed last week also seeing a Paal private party broken up by police, with a senior Hungarian MEP spotted fleeing the scene.
La Derniere Heure, a Belgian news outlet, reported the incident took place last week.
Their report claimed several cars were spotted outside the home, with police able to see “several scantily clad men and women through the window”.
Police officers were initially unable to gain entry into the home, with firefighters called to force entry.
The officers found six people immediately, and later found four more after searching the home with one party-goer found in a closet.
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Belgian coronavirus restrictions, while eased for the Christmas holidays, do not allow for such gatherings.
Under current restrictions, visits to the homes of family and friends are not allowed, with only one close contact allowed to meet with a household outside.
Travel within Belgium is allowed, but is based on a colour-coded system depending on the rate of infection in each area, with “red” areas being strongly discouraged.
Breaches of the Belgian restrictions can see citizens hit with €250 fines, with €750 fines for pubs and restaurants if they break the rules.
The Paal private party followed another similar gathering being broken up in the centre of Brussels, which saw a senior Hungarian MEP, caught in breach of the rules.
Police arrested 25 men from the party in the rue des Pierres, known as the city’s gay district, after neighbours made a noise complaint.
The police issued a statement which said: “In the apartment, the police found about twenty persons. The identity of all those present was checked.
“Two of these persons, D. O. (1977) and P. B. (1987), invoked diplomatic immunity.”
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The MEP was found fleeing the scene of the party along a drainpipe by an onlooker.
The public prosecutors office issued a press release which said: “A passer-by reported to the police that he had seen a man fleeing along the gutter; he was able to identify the man.
The man’s hands were bloody. It is possible that he may have been injured while fleeing. Narcotics were found in his backpack. The man was unable to produce any identity documents.
“He was escorted to his place of residence, where he identified himself as S. J. (1961) by means of a diplomatic passport.”
In the wake of the incident, the senior MEP admitted he made a “misstep” attending the party and apologised.
Speaking to POLITICO, he added: “I did not consume drugs, I offered to the police on the spot to do a screening test, but they did not do it.
“Police said an ecstasy pill was found. I have nothing to do with this pill, I don’t know who placed it or how. I made a statement to the police on this subject.
“I’m sorry I violated the assembly rules, it was irresponsible of me and I will bear the penalties for it.”
All attendees caught at the rue des Pierres party were issued fines on the spot.
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