Transport error delays high-profile Belgian terror trial

Brussels, Sep 14 (IANS) A high-profile terror trial in the Belgian capital of Brussels had to be delayed on Monday after prison authorities failed to arrange transport for one of the suspects, a double amputee.

According to Belgian public broadcaster VRT, one of the six men due to start trial Monday had both of his legs amputated and because of this, needed to travel to the courthouse in an ambulance, which failed to materialise, Xinhua news agency reported.

“They have known for months that he cannot be transported in an ordinary prison van,” the suspect’s lawyer Christophe Marchand said.

VRT reported that the suspect was a former soldier in the Belgian army, who had lost his legs in a grenade blast while fighting for the radical Islamist Al-Nusra Front in Syria in 2014.

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, will resume later on Monday, VRT added.

The six defendants are accused of belonging to an organisation linked to Al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist organisation active in Somalia and Kenya.

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