Trial of the Brussels attacks: new mess, the hearing is suspended

Trial of the Brussels attacks: new mess, the hearing is suspended

The councils of Ali El Haddad Asufi announced, Thursday morning, at the trial of the attacks of March 22, 2016, that they are now without a mandate to represent their client.

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Ahen the box of the accused remained empty on Wednesday, Bilal El Makhouki was present at the resumption of the hearing Thursday morning in Brussels at the trial of the attacks of March 22, 2016. As agreed, the police handed over to the defense lawyers and to the registry the justifications for the strip searches of detained defendants.

New mess, these documents, sent for six of the seven accused detained – all except Osama Krayem – were transmitted in Dutch, while the language of the trial proceedings is French. All will have to be translated to be taken into account, further delaying the start of the debates.

Supporting documents were transmitted for the hearings of January 4 and 5, but not for the 3, yet “promised under oath” before the Assize Court by the Commissioner General of the Federal Police on Wednesday, regretted Me Paci, council of Salah Abdeslam.

Following the reading of these documents, Ali El Haddad Asufi’s counsel announced that they are now without a mandate to represent their client. The latter is missing. However, the proceedings cannot continue if an accused is neither present nor represented by his lawyer. The hearing is suspended after this new incident.

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