25 Jun 2010

Bishop's HQ raided by police

5:49 am on 25 June 2010

Police in Belgium have raided the offices of the country's most senior Catholic prelate in an investigation into claims of child sex abuse.

The prosecutors office in Brussels has confirmed that the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels had been sealed off while officials searched for evidence concerning abuse accusations.

Police have also raided the home of retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels.

The BBC reports Belgium is one of several countries in which claims of abuse have been made against the Catholic Church.

An inquiry into child sex abuse in the church in Belgium has been running for several years.