Antwerp: investigations of jihadists suspected of fraudulent benefit claims
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    Antwerp: investigations of jihadists suspected of fraudulent benefit claims

    Belgian soldiers patrolling the Antwerp central station

    The Antwerp courts are currently considering 16 new cases of individuals who left to fight in Syria who may potentially have fraudulently claimed benefits. This has been confirmed by the Labour Inspectorate to De Tijd today (Tuesday).

    As part of the Belfi Project (the fight against radicalisation), started in 2014, the Brussels courts had already begun to address the issue of individuals leaving for Syria. Specifically at issue were those who, despite this fact, were claiming benefits, whether unemployment benefit or others, to which they had no right.

    In the meantime this operation has led to 94 such cases being recorded amongst Brussels and Flemish Brabant citizens.

    De Tijd writes today (Tuesday) that the Antwerp courts have started a similar initiative.

    The spokesperson from the Antwerp Labour Inspectorate, Pieter Wyckaert, says “At the end of December, we received 16 new cases, for which the investigations are ongoing.” Some individuals suspected were already in the Inspectorate’s sights three years ago.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times