March 22 trial: Osama Krayem and Salah Abdeslam turn around
Lhe seven detained defendants were present in their box this time, when the trial of the Brussels attacks resumed before the Assize Court on Friday morning. Two, however, wished not to attend the debates, namely Salah Abdeslam and Osama Krayem.
Since the start of the trial, the presence of the detained defendants at their trial before the Brussels Assize Court has remained uncertain. Salah Abdeslam, Mohamed Abrini, Osama Krayem, Sofien Ayari, Bilal El Makhoukhi, Ali El Haddad Asufi and Hervé Bayingana Muhirwa denounce the conditions under which they are transferred from Haren prison to Justitia, where the trial is being held.
These transfer conditions have been debated at length since Tuesday, with defense lawyers taking offense that systematic strip searches are still carried out despite an order from the Brussels Civil Court sitting in summary proceedings prohibiting them systematically and not motivated by danger. precise.
Thursday was devoted to the reasons for the strip searches – which had to be translated from Dutch into French, the language of the proceedings. This Friday, the justifications were once again transmitted in Dutch and were sent for translation. The president of the assize court specified that from Monday, they would be communicated in French directly.
While the seven detained defendants were present at the start of the hearing, two however decided not to attend the proceedings, namely Osama Krayem and Salah Abdeslam. The latter first asked the president of the court to speak, to discuss the transfer conditions. Laurence Massart assured him that she would give him the floor following the presentation by the firefighters, who must retrace their intervention in Maelbeek on March 22, 2016. The accused then decided not to attend the hearing.
Trial of the Brussels attacks: this vagueness, where it has no place, is unbearable
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