Special detention for radicalized prisoners questioned by lawyer
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
A Belgian lawyer has filed a complaint to the State Council to challenge the special sections for radicalized inmates in Belgian prisons. Jürgen Millen is a lawyer from Limbourg who has researched the financing of terrorism. He said on radio Radio 2 Limburg on Monday (11 April) that he believes that a person who has not yet been tried and therefore enjoys the presumption of innocence cannot be placed under such a regime.
Special detention departments were opened on Monday in the prisons at Ittre and Hasselt. Some twenty prisoners can be held there in order to minimize their influence on other inmates.
The lawyer puts serious doubts about the system, especially for suspects who have not yet been tried. “There is no possibility in this country to challenge the placement under the detention regime,” he said.