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Court case against neo-Nazis

3 December 2008

The federal public prosecutor wants to take 21 people to court in connection with the extreme rightwing organisation Bloed, Bodem, Eer en Trouw (BBET- ‘Blood, Soil, Honour and Loyalty’ in English).

Members of the BBET were rounded up in 2006 and some charged with planning attacks to destabilise Belgium. 11 of the 21 people are suspected of terrorism and racism. 5 of them are military men.

Bloed, Bodem, Eer en Trouw (BBET- ‘Blood, Soil, Honour and Loyalty’) is a Flemish neo-Nazi group.

It was created in 2004 from a splinter of the Flemish branch of the international Nazi skinhead organization Blood & Honour. The group was allegedly planning to destabilise Belgium. Targets included the National Bank and Abou Jahjah, the former leader of the Arabic European League (AEL).

An undercover agent was able to infiltrate the group and two years ago the group was rounded up. In house searches on military barracks including in Leopoldsburg and Peer (province of Limburg), and in the Brussels Royal Military School, and in searches of private residences in Flanders, military weapons, ammunition, explosives and a homemade bomb were found.

Of the 13 alleged gang members, the judicial authorities want to prosecute 11 on charges of terrorism, racism and negationism (denying that the holocaust took place). 5 military men are amongst the 11. They risk a prison sentence of 10 years. The 8 other suspects are allegedly not members of BBET. The charges against them are connected with a violation  of the legislation on arms.

Blood, Soil, Honour and Loyalty
It is a Flemish neo-Nazi group created in 2004. It rose to public prominence in September 2006 after 17 members, including 11 soldiers were arrested under the December 2003 anti-terrorist laws and laws against racism, anti-Semitism and negationism.

According to the Justice Minister at the time Laurette Onkelinx and the former Interior Minister Patrick Dewael, the suspects were preparing terrorist attacks in order to destabilise Belgium.