The Minister of Defense, Ludivine Dedonder, had retraced in the Chamber a few weeks ago the course of this soldier pursued by the police.
The man entered the army in 1992. Until 2019, he led an uneventful career as a rifleman and sniper. He was deployed in operations before joining the military police.
From 2019, he was gradually spotted by the General Intelligence and Security Service (SGRS, military intelligence), in particular for his proximity to far-right movements. Racist comments on Facebook earned him a complaint from the General Staff to the police. The file was closed but the man did not escape an internal sanction, namely four days of simple stops.
In June 2020, Jürgen Conings was transferred to a support function, in support of the instructors in charge of preparing for missions abroad. He had access to arms and ammunition to make them available to soldiers who were trained. That same year, his security clearance was withdrawn for threats made on Facebook.
Until the events of recent weeks, the behavior of the person concerned was no longer considered problematic by his superiors. Since February 17, however, the individual was on a list of the Coordinating Body for Threat Analysis (OCAM).
In recent months, the case of around thirty soldiers monitored for their connection with the extreme right has been regularly raised.