The Belgian Council of State (CoS) has ordered the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reinstate Pierre-Dominique Schmidt as Belgian ambassador to Paris. Two weeks ago, the ambassador was recalled to Brussels after a bank discovered that he had forged Foreign Office documents in order to obtain bank loans to pay for his luxurious life style. The homosexual ambassador had been throwing regular private disco and drag parties costing up to 75,000 euros. Schmidt was recalled to Brussels and replaced as ambassador by Baudouin de la Kethulle de Ryhove.
Last Tuesday, the CoS, Belgium’s highest administrative court, ordered the Foreign Ministry to reinstall “disco ambassador” Schmidt in his function of ambassador to France. According to the CoS, the Foreign Ministry should have heard Schmidt’s lawyer before recalling him. Schmidt claims to be the victim of “homophobic and political intrigues.” The CoS also says that the media coverage of the affair “seriously damaged Mr Schmidt’s reputation.” Hence, Brussels recalled ambassador de la Kethulle de Ryhove and sent Schmidt back to Paris.
Ambassador Schmidt is a friend of Elio Di Rupo, the party leader of Belgium’s powerful Parti Socialiste (PS) and the president of the Walloon Regional Government. Di Rupo, who is also a homosexual, attended some of Schmidt’s parties. Schmidt’s lawyer is an associate of the law firm of Marc Uyttendaele, the husband of Laurette Onkelinx, the Belgian minister of Justice. Mrs Onkelinx, who is a leading PS politician, is responsible for appointing, promoting and suspending judges in Belgium. Her husband hardly ever loses court cases. That is, of course, because he is such a good lawyer.
Three weeks ago, the CoS refused to overrule the ban by Brussels mayor Freddy Thielemans of a demonstration against the Islamization of Europa. Thielemans is also a PS member and his lawyer was an associate of the law firm of… you’ve guessed it.
It is rather ironic that the CoS issued its ruling in the Schmidt case at the very moment that the Brussels police was brutalizing peaceful demonstrators who were protesting the ban of their demonstration in front of the European Union headquarters in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Franco Frattini, the European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, has reprimanded the Belgian authorities, saying that democracies do not ban demonstrations unless they glorify violence or Nazism. There is also much indignation in the European Parliament because the Brussels police molested three of its members and jailed them for several hours, despite their parliamentary immunity.