Politics: Luxembourg’s public prosecutor has announced an investigation into the controversial national stadium and shopping mall development in Livange.
The Service de la police judiciaire will look into claims that real estate developer Guy Rollinger was the victim of extortion, the public prosecutor’s office said Wednesday afternoon. The service hopes to complete a preliminary inquiry “as soon as possible.”
Last week the DP and Dei Gréng, the two largest opposition parties in parliament accused the coalition government of “dysfunction, blackmail and corruption” in pressuring Rollinger to withdrawal his proposal for the site, so that rival promoter Flavio Becca’s plan would be left with competition.
Speaking to the Chamber of Deputies shortly before the prosecutor’s announcement was made, the prime minister, Jean-Claude Juncker said that he had never seen such a strange atmosphere in parliament in his 30 years in Luxembourg politics.
The prime minister had said that he would give a “very detailed statement” report to the chamber on the Livange affair two weeks ago. His comments to the chamber were quite detailed, but revealed few new details about his and cabinet ministers’ meetings with the two real estate developers.
Juncker told parliamentarians that if they thought he was corrupt, they should call for his resignation.
While the opposition parties demanded an immediate opening of a parliamentary inquiry, that question remained open on Wednesday afternoon, with the coalition parties apparently remaining united against such a move.