National Protest – Brussels public prosecutor appeals against release of alleged rioters
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
The Public Prosecutor’s office in Brussels intends to appeal against the conditional release of 3 men remanded in custody and suspected of violent crimes during the national protest on November 6th, pointed out a spokesperson from the office on Tuesday. The Council Chamber of the Court of Brussels ordered their release on Tuesday. Two of the suspects, dockers from Antwerp, deny any involvement in the events which took place alongside the protest. The third one, a student, admits throwing stones as well as a rubbish bin.
According to the suspects’ attorneys, the investigation regarding their clients’ participation has concluded, and the Public Prosecutor’s office will probably send the case before the Criminal Court in chambers. No date has been set.
Approximately 100 police officers were injured during the incidents on the sidelines of the November 6th national protest. Eleven vehicles were set alight and 62 were damaged. Forty-three troublemakers were arrested by the police on the same day and two of them were charged.
Last Thursday, the Brussels police force arrested 12 more people. Four were summoned to summary proceedings on December 4th and January 16th. Five people were brought before an investigating judge, who issued 3 arrest warrants and released the other 2.