Man accused of terrorism offences and then acquitted: action against Belgian state
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    Man accused of terrorism offences and then acquitted: action against Belgian state

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    Karim Ahalouch has launched proceedings for unlawful detention against the Belgian state.
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    Karim Ahalouch, accused of involvement with a terrorist group, suspected of being a member of the so-called “Verviers cell”, was acquitted in December. He has filed a complaint against the Belgian state.

    Ahalouch had been placed under arrest, in March 2015, for taking part in terrorist group activities. He was detained on remand, until being released at the end of June in the same year by the Indictments Chamber.

    He appeared in Court in October 2016 and, on December 10th, was then acquitted of all counts against him.

    In La Libre Belgique, Ahalouch attests to what he has lived through these last two years, which he describes as hell.

    Although cleared by the Belgian justice system, Karim Ahalouch describes himself as psychologically broken.

    Together with his barrister, Me Delphine Paci, he has decided to launch a counter-attack by issuing proceedings for unlawful detention against the Belgian state.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times