Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Abou Jahjah’s “Movement X”, the Moroccan Human Rights Association (MHRA) and nine people lodged a racism complaint against Bart De Wever on Monday evening. This is following his appearance on the TV program Terzake, Le Soir and the Flemish press reported on Tuesday. According to Counsel Lahlali, all the elements permitting a lawsuit against the New Flemish Alliance leader with regard to the law on racism are present. This includes international law, like the European Convention of Human Rights.
The lawyer points to the repetition of distinctions. He says the New Flemish Alliance leader made a link between people who have Moroccan and even Berber origins and extremism. Bart De Wever made the same link between origins and crime, through prison figures. Finally, the lawyer pointed to a kind of segregation between Asian immigrants and Maghrebi immigrants, “good” and “bad” immigrants.
Bart De Wever has parliamentary immunity. Those behind the complaint cannot therefore launch a civil suit and go directly to the investigating judge. At this stage, they are in talks with the King’s Prosecutor for Antwerp, who will decide whether or not to open a penal investigation.