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6 decades later, probe to solve political murder

October 27, 2012 • World News


A statue of charismatic parliamentarian Julien Lahaut is pictured on top of his grave at the municipal cemetery of Seraing, eastern Belgium, Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. Now, 62 years after Belgian politician Julien Lahaut was murdered, even as the European financial crisis is squeezing budgets dry, the Belgian government has approved fresh funds to solve the crime. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The story goes that when Prince Baudouin took the oath to succeed his father after years of tumult over the monarchy, Communist leader Julien Lahaut shouted from the crowd: “Long Live the Republic!”

A week later, two men turned up at Lahaut’s door in Belgium’s coal and steel heartland and shot him four times with a Colt 45 revolver at point blank range. The killers sped away by car into the gathering darkness and were never caught.

If ever a murder had the hallmarks of a political assassination, the August 1950 slaying was it. But, who was behind it? And why? It’s a murder mystery swallowed up in the fog of Cold War politics. Now, 62 years later, the Belgian government has approved fresh funds to solve the crime, convinced the moral implications echo down to Login to read more

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