Christian Van Eyken
|Member of the Flemish Parliament|
13 June 1995 – 12 July 2019
|Born||16 August 1954|
|Alma mater||Université libre de Bruxelles|
Van Eyken was born in the town of Etterbeek in the Brussels Capital Region in 1954. He studied at the Athénée royal de Bruxelles and the Université libre de Bruxelles, where he majored in German studies. Upon graduation in 1978, Van Eyken worked as a teacher and later as a translator for the Brussels government.
In the first direct elections to the Flemish Parliament in 1995, Van Eyken was elected to the regional parliament as a member of the Union des Francophones for the Halle-Vilvoorde constituency. He would serve in that role until 2019, when he chose not to run again.
Marc Dellea Affair
On 8 July 2014, a coffee trader named Marc Dellea was found dead in his bed at the age of 45. His wife, Sylvia Boigelot, called the authorities following his death. A family doctor concluded that Dellea's death was by natural causes, but two days later a medical examiner found a small projectile in his brain, fired (according to ballistics experts) by a small defensive weapon. Investigators looking at surveillance footage from security cameras installed in the couple's home and found that Sylvia Boigelot and Christian Van Eyken entered the building on the evening of 6 July shortly before Dellea, and Dellea was the only one who did not leave the house.
In an interview with Le Soir, Olivier Maingain, leader of the Francophone party DéFI, announced that Van Eyken had been suspended since 6 January 2016 concurrently with his parliamentary immunity being lifted. Van Eyken was released from custody on 28 January following a procedural error. According to reports, the judge in the case failed to sign Van Eyken's arrest warrant.
His trial began in March 2018, after being delayed due to technical errors. The trial began with a procedural hearing involving whether the court had jurisdiction to try the case, and also concerned defense counsel's ability to look over evidence, including the surveillance tapes from the evening in question.
On 3 September 2019, Van Eyken and Boigelot were found guilty of the murder of Marc Dellea and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Van Eyken and his wife appealed the verdict, and the case remains in appeals court.
Awards and decorations
- Van Eyken was a recipient of the Palme d'or of the Ordre de la Couronne
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- "L'ancien député Christian Van Eyken et son épouse écopent de 23 ans de prison pour l'assassinat de Marc Dellea". RTBF Info (in French). 3 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
- "Voormalig Vlaams Parlementslid Christian Van Eyken krijgt 23 jaar cel voor moord". hln.be (in Dutch). 3 September 2019. Retrieved 21 December 2019.