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    A woman fined for intervening during a deportation

    A French passenger got a 5,400 euro fine on Wednesday, for opposing the deportation of an Algerian woman staying in Belgium illegally, the Het Laatste Nieuws reported on Saturday. The State Secretary for Immigration and Asylum, Theo Francken, hopes this case will discourage this kind of initiative. Four similar cases are currently underway, including one involving the Socialist mayor of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Emir Kir. Another involves Gisèle Mandaila (DéFI), the local councilor for Etterbeek.

    The convicted passenger could get three months in prison if she doesn’t pay her fine.

    Back in May, Emir Kir himself intervened during the deportation of a Nigerian woman. It is not known when that case will be judged.  The Sentencing Commission must first receive the request to remove Mr Kir’s parliamentary immunity.

    Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)