Brussels terror trial delayed as glass boxes for suspects not ready

Brussels terror trial delayed as glass boxes for suspects not ready
Investigators reviewing the laptop, found in the attacks last year, have found evidence that the Brussels terrorists also had other targets in mind.

The trial of the suspects of the 2016 Brussels terror attacks were due to start on 10 October but proceedings will be delayed, as the justice department (FPS Justice) on Wednesday announced that it is searching for alternatives to glass boxes that the defendants will occupy in the courtroom.

Protests by the defendants over the glass boxes, that they called "degrading", led the court's president Laurence Massart to rule that the boxes violate human rights.

The decision means that the trial will be delayed whilst a suitable alternative is arranged.

Embarrassment

The delay is an embarrassment to the justice system in Belgium.  Last week, the president of the assize court said that delays must be avoided out of respect for the victims.

Moreover, it is unclear whether the hundreds of potential jurors that were summoned will be able to attend the trial at a later date.

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Exactly how long it will be before the trial can take place is not clear. A month's delay looks likely, although the justice department said the timeframe is still being worked on.


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