The French-speaking Court of First Instance in Brussels will rule on December 30 at the latest on the summary proceedings brought by six accused persons of the assizes trial regarding the attacks of March 22, 2016 against the circumstances in which they will be transferred to the assizescourt.
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The judge in preliminary relief proceedings announced this on Friday after the oral arguments, which took up the entire morning.
The lawyer of the Belgian state will still have time until next Monday, December 26, to file a document. It concerns the translation into French of a report by the OCAD, which only exists in Dutch.
Oral arguments took place on Friday morning. The six accused at the assizes trial regarding the attacks of March 22, 2016, who have instituted summary proceedings against the Belgian state, demand that they should not be systematically subjected to naked searches and blindfolded when they are transferred to the assizes room. According to the lawyers of the accused, these measures are contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
“We don’t carry out blackmail here,” said Master Delphine Paci, lawyer for Salah Abdeslam. “We only ask for the possibility to have a serene trial, with a serene verdict. That is also in the interest of the victims. We also do not ask that nude searches never be carried out, we only ask for a ban on systematic nude searches.”
Nude searches are possible, but only if they are necessary and proportionate, according to the lawyer. “They can only be carried out if no other measure is possible. But our clients are in prison under an extremely strict security regime, in total isolation, where they must immediately return any item they want to use in their cell after use. They are transferred