Far-right leader refuses integration work
28 April 2006, BRUSSELS — The leader of Francophone extreme-right party Front National FN has refused to perform a community work order assisting immigrant integration projects.
28 April 2006
BRUSSELS — The leader of Francophone extreme-right party Front National FN has refused to perform a community work order assisting immigrant integration projects.
The Brussels Court of Appeal convicted Daniel Féret on 18 April on charges of inciting race hatred. The politician was banned from running for office for the next 10 years.
The court also imposed a 250-hour community work order on him, ordering him to assist immigrants integrate into Belgium.
But Féret said at a press conference on Friday he has refused to perform the work order in the integration sector.
"The court went too far. It will be a no. I don't see why Féret should have to succeed where everyone else has failed," he said, referring to efforts aimed at integrating immigrants into Belgian society.
Féret also repeated that he will appeal the court's ruling. He cited two reasons for the appeal; firstly due to his political immunity.
He claimed it is impossible to withdraw his immunity in the federal Parliament, but not in the Brussels or the French Community's Parliament — where he has also won office.
Féret also claimed that Socialist PS leader Elio di Rupo had gained access to his judicial dossier via lawyer Marc Uyttendaele.
If Féret wins his appeal in the Supreme Court, he will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. He will then apply for asylum in Russia, a statement he has previously made.
"If I go to Moscow, that will not be an escape, but a way in which I can ensure that I can continue to put forward my opinion. People will never succeed in silencing me," he said.
Despite his conviction, Féret remains the FN leader. Party members who were present at the press conference on Friday confirmed their faith in the party chairman.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news