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Justice chasing Avrox masks

The Brussels public prosecutor’s office ordered a search of the company’s head office in the Grand Duchy on Tuesday. At issue: suspicions of forgery and use of forgery, fraud and obstruction of the freedom of auctions in the context of the delivery of 15 million fabric masks to the Belgian government last year.

Patrick JACQUEMOT

Patrick JACQUEMOT

The Brussels public prosecutor’s office ordered a search of the company’s head office in the Grand Duchy on Tuesday. At issue: suspicions of forgery and use of forgery, fraud and obstruction of the freedom of auctions in the context of the delivery of 15 million fabric masks to the Belgian government last year.

It is only a year since the name of Avrox entered the news. Between the health section and various facts. Indeed, the company based rue de Bastogne in Luxembourg has not stopped talking about it since last spring. Most often in trouble for having won, under questionable conditions, a market for the supply of protective masks to the Belgian population. A contract signed by the then Minister of Defense, Philippe Goffin. Deliveries that never could take place on time, in sufficient number and accessories received whose harmfulness has been highlighted …

Today, change of section. Avrox makes headlines. Indeed, this Tuesday, a search was organized at the head office of the company. Especially. Because, in the newspaper The evening, the spokesperson for the Brussels public prosecutor’s office assured that other searches had been carried out on May 4, “in several countries, under the coordination of Eurojust (European Union Agency for Cooperation in Criminal Justice ) ”.

It is therefore no longer a few parliamentarians or researchers questioning the quality of their products that the three partners in this affair must now convince, but magistrates. The weather is getting worse again for the two Frenchmen Brice Erniquin, Laurent Hericord and the Jordanian Hamzeh Talhouni. Three businessmen, three friends, three jet-setters who all the same managed to attract the good graces of the government for a contract which, initially, amounted to 32 million euros …

Direction Mauritius

The investigation opened by the Brussels public prosecutor’s office concerns the prevention of forgery and the use of forgery, laundering, fraud and hindering the freedom of auctions and tenders. Serious charges brought against Avrox which, until this impressive market, had never been talked about in the distribution of paramedical equipment. But the company had managed to prove that it had experience in the field of masks, and large quantities, by providing evidence of having already delivered 250,000 pieces of reusable fabric to another customer. What few of their competitors had to their credit then, and which fooled the Belgian authorities.

Who? The Erniquin-Hericord duo never wanted to reveal the identity of this mysterious buyer. But doubts are now focused on a “ businessman ”, friend, jet-setter of the Avrox trio: a certain Flavio D at the head of the firm Bright Periods Consulting in Mauritius. It was through this that Avrox received its first order for a million masks; unrelated to the activity of said offshore company.


Business meeting probably between suppliers and client. Flavio D. and a representative of Avrox (Laurent Hericord) therefore knew each other beyond the sole commercial relationship according to this snapshot captured on Instagram.

Business meeting probably between suppliers and client. Flavio D. and a representative of Avrox (Laurent Hericord) therefore knew each other beyond the sole commercial relationship according to this snapshot captured on Instagram.

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Belgian newspapers The evening and Het Laatste Nieuws have succeeded in showing that Flavio D. and Laurent Hericord have known each other for a long time. And much more for sea trips and trendy parties on the Côte d’Azur than for commercial transactions, this for several years. Without doubt, the Belgian justice suspects the Brazilian of having tampered with some documents to allow his friends to make a good deal. On the back of the Belgian taxpayer and in disregard of the health risks …

In fact, at the start of 2020, harmful silver and titanium dioxide nanoparticles had been detected during the analysis of the masks provided by Avrox. Masks immediately withdrawn from pharmacies that provided distribution. A discovery that followed, a few months earlier, the misuse of an Oeko-Tex logo, falsely attesting to the quality of mouth protectors made in Vietnam.


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