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    Brussels riots: proceedings to resume on March 16th

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    Prison sentences of 24 to 36 months have been requested for the accused men, mainly for forceful resistance to a public officer executing the law, and criminal damage.
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    The Brussels Criminal Court has decided to resume proceedings on March 16th, relating to the riots which took place last November. Seven judgements linked to these events are expected this Friday, including that of the rapper Benlabel.

    The Chairman of the court of first instance, Luc Hennart, considers that the files should be comprehensively reviewed. Prison sentences of 24 to 36 months have been requested for the accused men, mainly for forceful resistance to a public officer executing the law and criminal damage.

    The series of events took place around the Bourse, in the wake of Morocco’s qualification for the World Cup. Further incidents broke out 15th November on Place de la Monnaie, following a meeting fixed by the Youtuber, known as Vargasss92, and on November 25th in the Louise area of Brussels, where a demonstration against slavery had degenerated into riots.

    In total, ten individuals were cited in the court for the incidents which took place at the Bourse and in the Louise area.

    Lars Andersen
    The Brussels Times