Belgian international Benteke on carjacking charge

09 November 2011 03:46

Genk's young Belgian international Christian Benteke appeared in court Wednesday on charges relating to a violent car jacking, Belgian news agency Belga reported.

The 20-year-old striker was accused of theft with violence following an incident on Saturday.

Benteke was arrested with two other individuals on suspicion of beating up a man before making off in his car. The victim had to be treated in hospital for injuries suffered in the attack.

Following his court appearance in handcuffs in Liege Benteke was released from custody.

On Tuesday the player denied "formally these allegations" in a statement released by his club, claiming that he had been interviewed by police purely as a "witness".

Benteke has three international caps to his name and began his career with Standard Liege before joining reigning Belgian champions Genk.

His name does not figure in Belgium's squad for the upcoming friendlies against Romania and France.

Source: AFP