Top Belgian football TV presenter arrested over armed robbery
Pauwels was taken in for questioning earlier this week in Mons, on suspicion of “possible complicity” in the armed raid in Lasne, south of Brussels, a federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman told AFP.
Pauwels, 50, has been a presenter on Belgian channel RTL-TVI, and has also hosted shows in France.
His detention is part of an operation into armed robberies, burglaries and drug dealing, according to federal prosecutor spokeswoman Wenke Roggen.
RTL Belgium announced that Pauwels had been suspended with immediate effect, saying in a statement: "The management of RTL Belgium strongly hopes that clarity can be brought as quickly as possible to this affair."
Pauwels has a following of more than 80,000 people on Twitter, including Belgium and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.