The headmaster of Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux, Jean Billa, is under investigation for alleged drug trafficking, violations of anti-drug laws, possession of prohibited weapons, and misappropriation of public or private funds.
The Judicial Administration announced on Tuesday the initiation of a preliminary investigation against Jean Billa, who currently serves as the headmaster of Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux and has been suspended amid the ongoing inquiry. The Diekirch public prosecutor's office is leading the investigation, focusing on the sale of illicit substances and violations of anti-drug laws.
Searches were conducted on 19 October by the Northern Judicial Police's decentralised drug section at Billa's private residence and Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux. The results of these searches are currently under analysis, according to the Judicial Administration.
In addition, authorities found and seized weapons classified as categories A and B, including prohibited weapons and ammunition, as well as weapons and ammunition subject to authorisation. The Judicial Administration notes that there are "indications of possible violations of the provisions of the Law of 2 February 2022 on arms and ammunition."
Following a second official denunciation by the Ministry of Education, another judicial investigation was initiated on 25 October 2023, including charges related to the misappropriation of public or private funds.
Additional searches were carried out at Billa's residence and Lycée Edward Steichen in Clervaux on 27 October and 2 November, under the direction of the examining magistrate from the economic and financial offences section of the Northern Judicial Police.