Belgium appoints 13 terrorism judges

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30 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Belgium will appoint 13 investigative judges to preside over cases involving terrorism, Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx has said.

30 May 2006

BRUSSELS — Belgium will appoint 13 investigative judges to preside over cases involving terrorism, Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx has said.

The specialist terrorism judges will be officially appointed in about a month's time.

Federal terrorism magistrate Johan Delmulle said police and public prosecution offices already employ terrorism specialists.

He said it was only logical their investigations should be led by an investigative judge with the same expertise, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported on Tuesday.

Surprisingly, Antwerp will receive two terrorism judges, the same as Ghent and Bergen. Brussels will receive four and Liège will gain three.

The numbers are based on an analysis of the terrorism threat and the number of cases that are already being investigated in certain regions.

The federal public prosecution office has started 223 investigations into alleged terrorist crimes in the past four years. Some 89 of them were opened in 2005.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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