Brussels terror attacks trial to resume on 14 November

Brussels terror attacks trial to resume on 14 November
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The trial of the March 2016 terror attacks in Brussels will start again on 14 November after it was put on hold due to concerns about the defendants' conditions during the trial.

The accused were meant to sit in glass boxes during the trial but following protests by the defence lawyers over these conditions, the original date of the trial in October was pushed back.

Now, the requested adjustments to the courtroom and the controversial glass boxes for the defendants will be ready, announced the Federal Public Justice Service on Thursday.

The Court's President Laurence Massart is expected to confirm this week that the trial will go ahead on 14 November.

On 16 September, the court agreed with the defence and decided the boxes had to be demolished and replaced. However, Massart said it wasn't possible to have the requested adjustments to the boxes ready before the original date for the trial.

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