Cool response to call for extremist jails
7 September 2006, BRUSSELS — A proposal from the chief of federal judicial police in Brussels on Wednesday to create separate jails for extremists has met with a cool response.
7 September 2006
BRUSSELS — A proposal from the chief of federal judicial police in Brussels on Wednesday to create separate jails for extremists has met with a cool response.
To prevent young criminals becoming radicalised in jail by the influence of charismatic fundamentalists, federal judicial police director Glenn Audenaert urged for Muslim extremists be housed in separate prisons.
"A real form of idol worship exists around a number of these figures. That is not without its dangers," he said, urging for a "protective circle" to be built around them regardless of the cost.
But Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx was opposed to the idea, explaining that Belgium has chosen to spread the extremists across various jails. She said it was a policy the government would retain.
The Socialist PS minister said further that Spain had tried to concentrate the extremists in one location, but has since scrapped the scheme.
The League of Human Rights was also opposed to the idea. It feared a severe restriction in the rights of the detainees that would possibly lead to a bigger spread of their radical ideas.
"Proposals in which the rights of the detainees are strictly restricted are dangerous from the point of view of the detainees and society," it said.
"Given that almost every detainee returns to society at some time, it is of great importance that appropriate guidance for that return is given within the jail.
"A system in which 'Muslim fundamentalists' are isolated will not assist reintegration. On the contrary, there is a real risk that this group would radicalise even further and organise internally even more."
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news