Brussels attacks trial: Lawyer's computer and access badge stolen from the car

Brussels attacks trial: Lawyer's computer and access badge stolen from the car
Lawyer Gisele Stuyck, Lawyer Delphine Paci, accused Osama Krayem and accused Salah Abdeslam pictured during a session at the trial of the attacks of March 22, 2016, at the Brussels-Capital Assizes Court, Monday 13 February 2023 at the Justitia site in Haren, Brussels. Credit: Belga / Dirk Waem

One of the lawyers from the March 2016 terror attacks in Brussels had his computer and access badge stolen from his car last weekend. The access badge gives access to the Justitia court site in Haren, where the trial of attacks is taking place.

The theft took place in the Marolles district of Brussels, where the thief (or thieves) would have opened the trunk of the car – without any sign of breaking in – and would have taken out a bag containing, among other things, the lawyer's computer, according to reports in Het Nieuwsblad and Sudinfo.

"We are aware of a theft from a vehicle which took place on Saturday 11 March," said the spokesperson for the Brussels-Capital-Ixelles police zone Ilse Van de Keere, adding that an investigation is ongoing.

The computer reportedly contains the complete file of the terrorism trial as well as a lot of other sensitive information. Additionally, the lawyer's access badge to the Justitia site, where the trial is taking place, was also stolen. It has been deactivated immediately, the newspapers report.

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Another development in the trial is the fact that the accused still have to undergo strip searches, but without genuflection (meaning they no longer have to bend their knees to allow for a police officer to look up their anus and check if there were any objects in it), De Standaard reports.

With this, the federal police are complying with a decision by the court of appeal on Monday, who banned strip searches accompanied by genuflection.

With the exception of Osama Krayem (who has not spoken for months), the defendants confirmed one by one that today, for the first time, they did not have to bend their knees. They also confirmed that they only received blackout glasses for transport between prison and court.

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