Belgian politician facing rape trial found dead
April 3 , 2015
The body of a Belgian politician has been found in a canal shortly after he was informed that he would have to face trial in a rape case.
Steve Stevaert, 60, had held several important posts in his career, including the mayor of Hasselt city and a provincial governor.
The Flemish Social Democrat party leader may have committed suicide, media reports indicated.
The alleged rape incident occurred in 2010, and the complaint was made in 2013.