Jost Group will continue to cooperate with the authorities
Weiswampach, 27 March 2019
Jost Group confirms that the Liege Chamber of the Indictment Court has, in its judgement passed down on 25 March 2019, ruled that the measures proposed by the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office to seize more than 300 Jost Group vehicles are prohibited. This ruling is in line with the ruling by the judge during the summary proceedings. The ruling also explicitly mentions the need to adopt alternative measures while the respective Courts are deliberating the case. It is important to emphasize that the Court of Indictment did not rule on the merits of the case but stressed that the possible (or eventual) seizure of the trucks is not in any way a presumption of guilt.
Both rulings were a direct result of Jost Group’s efforts to fight the charges and to request for the case to be handled in an open and fair manner. We applaud the decision by both judiciary bodies to hand over the case to the investigating judge. The investigating judge will determine if the seizure of the trucks is necessary, and if deemed necessary, to establish the conditions which need to be fulfilled for this proposed seizure. Jost Group submitted several proposals on the abovementioned conditions to the investigating judge in early February. The proposed seizure is prohibited during the process of deliberation and before any official ruling is made.
Despite the fact that the hearing was conducted behind closed doors in order to guarantee the confidentiality surrounding the case investigation and Jost Group now finds itself in a very reactive position. We respect the sensitivity and confidentiality of the investigation and will not further comment on the case in order to maintain this confidentiality.
Jost Group has always defended itself vigorously against the accusations laid upon it and will continue to do so. We hope our right to the presumption of innocence will be respected and that we can defend ourselves in the rule of court in a just manner. Jost Group will continue to cooperate with the authorities to the best of its ability and hope that a definitive and official ruling can be made soon to prevent more uncertainty for all involved.