Legal labyrinth in Flemish Interest complaint

20th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 December 2005, BRUSSELS — A race-hate complaint against the extreme-right Flemish Interest is at threat of being lost in a legal labyrinth.

20 December 2005

BRUSSELS — A race-hate complaint against the extreme-right Flemish Interest is at threat of being lost in a legal labyrinth. 

The complaint must be lodged with the Council of State by 27 December, but as Christmas approaches, the deadline appears to be very tight, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported on Tuesday.

The intercultural youth group KifKif and the Francophone anti-racism organisation Mrax urged the nation's political parties almost a month ago to support their complaint.

The complaint was sparked by recent comments from Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter that the party was an "Islam phobic" party.

KifKif and Mrax claim the interview Dewinter gave to US newspaper 'Jewish Week' pitted Muslims and Jews against each other.

They are demanding the prosecutor press charges against Dewinter for inciting race hate. They also hope to deprive the Flemish Interest of its public subsidies.
 
The Socialist PS, humanist CDH and Socialist SP.A/Spirit parties have promised to back the complaint, but KifKif and Mrax have not yet lodged it with the Council of State.
 
A spokesman for the PS party has dismissed concerns and said the dossier will be ready by 27 December as required. He admitted the timeframe was tight, but denied that it was a legally complicated matter.

However, other sources claim that laws surrounding public subsidies for political parties are a legal nightmare. Proving that the Flemish Interest breached the European Convention on Human Rights is also complicated.
 
KifKif is refusing to answer questions from the media, but has sought legal advice. The PS party has also supplied lawyers to KifKif and Mrax.

However, the SP.A has ruled out doing the same, saying the Council of State must decide the issue and that it does not want to get involved in the preparation of the case.  

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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