Tuesday, 21 January 2020
The public justice service has launched a call to victims of recognised terrorist attacks to register in order to be entitled to financial assistance ahead of a March deadline.
“We are currently handling around 1,000 files and have already paid out €4 million in financial assistance,” Edward Landtsheere, a spokesperson for the FPS Justice, told VRT.
The FPS Justice is launching a call through media to those directly or indirectly affected in recognised terror attacks to register as victims before 18 March 2020.
“There are physical victims, but also relatives,” he said, adding: “But anyone who has suffered hearing damage, for example, is also recognised as a victim.”
The service said that it currently knows about 500 victims who have not yet registered as such, with Landtsheere saying notices would be mailed out to warn them of the deadline.
“The type of costs that can be reimbursed is very diverse,” he said, referring to hospital or funeral expenses, adding: “But also legal costs can be reimbursed.”
Landtsheere said that victims who missed the deadlines would no longer be able to rely on financial assistance but could still receive legal guidance or other types of help.
More than a dozen attacks dating back to 2012 are included in the list of recognised terror attacks, including those beyond Belgium’s borders, such as the Paris 2015 attacks or the attack in a hotel in Mali’s capital Bamako.
Recognised terror attacks:
The Brussels Times