Suicide bombing suspects remanded in custody
6 December 2005, BRUSSELS — Five suspects accused of sending Belgian suicide bomber Muriel Degauque and her husband to Iraq have had their remand detention extended.
6 December 2005
BRUSSELS — Five suspects accused of sending Belgian suicide bomber Muriel Degauque and her husband to Iraq have had their remand detention extended.
Brussels Court decided on Monday to keep the men in detention while police investigations continue.
The five suspects were arrested along with nine others on 29 November. The police raids took place after reports emerged that Degauque had carried out a suicide attack in Iraq.
The suspected leader of the alleged terror network has since been identified as the Belgian Tunisian Bilal S., 32.
He is the son of a radical Koran teacher who was deported from Belgium at the start of the 1990s.
The other suspects are Bilal's brother, Souhaib, 29, Belgian national and Islamic convert Pascal C., 33, Moroccan Belgian Nabil K., 30, and Algerian Belgian Younes L., 27.
L. is being described as the most representational of the terrorist suspects.
Police claim he lost a leg during the Iraqi war. However, defence lawyer Bernard Ayaya said L. lost his leg due to a traffic accident in Syria.
All of the suspects deny allegations they smuggled Degauque and her man into Iraq.
"They drove themselves, with their own car, via Turkey and Syria to Iraq," the lawyer of the S. brothers, Mehdi Abbes, said.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news