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Police arrest suspect in missing girl case

December 10, 1996

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) _ Police arrested a man Tuesday in the 1992 kidnapping of one of several missing children whose disappearance inspired public demands for political and judicial reforms.

Jacques Genevoix was arrested in the southeastern town of Neufchateau, headquarters of a special law enforcement team investigating the sex killings of at least four young girls and the disappearance of several others.

Genevoix turned himself in to police for questioning Monday after being named as a suspect.

Loubna Benaissa was 9 when she disappeared from near her Brussels home.

It was not clear if her kidnapping was linked to Marc Dutroux, the chief suspect in the abduction and murder of two 8-year-old and two teen-age girls. Their bodies were dug up in his garden in August and October.

Loubna’s father and older sister have played a leading role in the movement of child victims’ families. The movement inspired hundreds of thousands of Belgians to protest police and judicial mishandling of the missing children investigations.

The government agreed Friday to overhaul the legal system, giving more rights to victims, making magistrates more accountable and increasing cooperation among Belgium’s various police units.

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