A Fundamental Right to Jihad

In March of 2016 the Islamic State pulled off two coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels. The surviving alleged attackers are currently on trial.

A court in Belgium has just enjoined the state from conducting any further searches of the defendants’ — ahem — nether orifices when they are transported from their prison cells to the courtroom. The citizens of Belgium will thereby be deprived of fundamental justice!

A side note: The case appears to have a Mohammed Coefficient of only 14.3%.

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for translating this article from La Libre:

Summary Court prohibits anal cavity body searches imposed on defendants in the March 22, 2016 attacks

Accused received partial relief

December 29, 2022

Caption: Police escort the accused before the Criminal Court

On Thursday the summary court ordered the Belgian state to end its systematic practice of anal cavity body searches imposed on the defendants being tried before the Brussels Criminal Court for their alleged participation in the March 22, 2016 attacks.

This practice, imposed during the transfers between Haren Prison and the Palace of Justice, where the Criminal Court sits, is aimed at checking that the prisoners have nothing hidden in their anus.

Thus, in its ruling, issued Thursday, the tribunal partially granted the requests of six of the seven accused prisoners, Mohamed Abrini, Sofien Ayari, Salah Abdeslam, Ali El Haddad Asufi, Bilal El Makhoukhi and Hervé Bayingana Muhirwa. Osama Krayem did not join in the petition.

For the tribunal, this systematic body cavity search seemed to constitute inhuman and degrading treatment prohibited by the European Convention on Human Rights.

The tribunal is giving the Belgian state eight days to end this practice, under penalty of a fine of €1,000 for each violation with a maximum of €50,000 per petitioner.

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