Many attorneys and magistrates have been infuriated by the security measures put in place on Friday at the Palais de Justice (courthouse) where everyone, defendants and legal professionals alike, had to wait for hours before being allowed in through the security gate, according to La Libre Belgique’s Monday edition. In the present atmosphere of tension, rumours in circles close to the Palais de Justice are alluding to threats against some Brussels judges. “If a terrorist was looking to create a blood bath, this would have been the ideal place for it. One wonders whether the police were protecting people, or the building itself,” said a judge on Friday. Others complained of being late in court and so not being able to do their job.
Stephane Boonen, president of the Brussels bar, sent a letter to Brussels attorneys, asking them to respect these security measures which will be in place until November 2015. He did recognise however that the measures would somewhat hinder their work.