Billionaire Alexandre Van Damme also questioned about the sale of Anderlecht

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While operation Clean Hands is raging in full force, the judicial investigation into the sale of Anderlecht to Marc Coucke in 2017 is still ongoing. Former directors Roger Vanden Stock, Herman Van Holsbeeck and Jo Van Biesbroeck are suspected of fraud and forgery.

In the sale process, for example, they would have fraudulently awarded a commission of 3 million euros to broker Christophe Henrotay, while the latter had not even introduced Coucke as a buyer. The constructions that have been set up for this purpose – including an amendment to a contract – are suspicious.

In the meantime, Alexandre Van Damme (59) has also been questioned as a witness in that investigation. Van Damme is not the least. Until last year, the shareholder of the AB Inbev brewery was the richest Belgian, his estimated wealth is around 10.5 billion euros. He is currently second in the ranking. It is not illogical that the billionaire is being heard by the court in this investigation. Van Damme was a shareholder in Anderlecht for many years and – although he never showed himself publicly – was very influential during the chairmanship of Vanden Stock. He then installed his right-hand man Jo Van Biesbroeck at Anderlecht to lead the club.

So it is not a suspicion, but a testimony. The investigators are digging for information in this case. Since 2020, Van Damme, who lives in Brussels and Switzerland, is no longer a shareholder in Anderlecht. He then transferred his shares to Michael Verschueren.

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