Belgians in Syria – the lawyers of the accused in the Syrian affiliated groups plead for their release
Friday, 12 September 2014
The lawyers of five Belgians convicted for terrorism charges for their activity in Syria have pleaded for the release of their clients on Friday, in front of the council chamber of Brussels. A decision is expected in the afternoon. In total, nineteen people are accused for sending Belgians to Syria to carry out “Jihad”. “I have pleaded for the release of my client who is a mechanic teacher in a school and who is no longer implicated for a long time in any project concerning the departure of belgians to Syria,” commented Mr Didier de Quévy on Friday, when leaving the audience.
“Yes, he has gone to the Syrian front. That is where he was intercepted. But there is no other offense, except telephone calls that talk about djihad, but they are dated from 2012. Since then, my client has returned to a normal life again”, the lawyer of Majid A stated.
“He objects to having participated in terrorist activities in the form of a leader of some sort. But the judge refuses to release him. Now, since two months, four other indicted have been released”, stated Mr de Quévy.
Nineteen individuals in total are accused of participating in terrorism activities with terrorist groups. They are suspected of having organized departures of young Belgian Muslims to Syria and for having trained them to handle weapons.