Brussels criminal court: 5 years in prison for Rachid Affar
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    Brussels criminal court: 5 years in prison for Rachid Affar

    The Brussels criminal court sentenced Rachid Affar to five years in prison on Wednesday for murder with provocation. The 41 year old was found guilty of stabbing his wife Farida Balkich to death on the 21st of November 2011 at Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. She had just reported him for fake marriage. It is said he was provoked. Rachid Affar confronted his wife on the 21st of November 2011, around 12.30pm, on the avenue Sippelberg at Molenbeek, and stabbed her several times. The victim, Farida Balkich, died at the scene.

    The inquest found that on the 24th of October 2011, Farida Balkich had reported her husband for fake marriage, and kicked him out.

    Rachid Affar and Farida Balkich met via a dating site. They were married in March 2011in Morocco, where Rachid Affar lived. He then got a visa to join his wife in Belgium, and he arrived in September 2011.

    Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)