N-VA has considered the establishment of special courts for judging suspects in terrorism cases, VRT stated Tuesday. The Nationalist party seeks a more unified and centralized approach in decisions on terrorism.
The Federal Prosecutor’s Office is presently in charge of terrorism. N-VA wants a similar institution at the level of the jurisdictions, with greater specialization of judges and more rationalized decisions.
The aim of N-VA is not to evolve towards separate tribunals, but rather to create specific courts within the existing tribunals in charge of judging those accused of terrorism, similar to courts which exist for tax matters. N-VA wishes to have terrorism courts in the five Courts of Appeal, at Brussels, Antwerp, Liège, Mons, and Ghent, from the Judges Council Chamber to the Judicial Indictment Court, and from the Court of First Instance to the Court of Appeal.
The proposal was made following the call by N-VA to allow a state of emergency to be declared when the country suffers a wave of terrorist attacks. According to N-VA, this state of siege must allow police to preventively arrest anyone judged potentially dangerous, without judicial intervention. It would also imply a stricter approach to decisions regarding freedom under parole.