Five charged with terrorism after Belgium raids

16th January 2015, Comments 1 comment

Belgian authorities charged five people with "participating in a terrorist group" following a series of raids to foil alleged imminent attacks against the police, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Three people, including one who survived a deadly police raid in the eastern town of Verviers, were placed in custody and two others conditionally released, prosecutor spokesman Eric Van der Sijpt told AFP.

He declined to identify the accused.

The eight other people who had been detained following the raids in Verviers and in the Brussels area will not be prosecuted.

Van der Sijpt said an examining magistrate issued a European arrest warrant for two Belgians questioned by French customs as they tried to enter Italy after leaving Belgium in the wake of Thursday's raids.

Belgian newspapers identified the survivor of the raid that killed two alleged militants in Verviers as Marouane T.

His lawyer, Didier de Quevy, told newspapers from the Sudpresse group that the man denied having been implicated in a plot and having travelled to Syria, saying instead he was involved in a drug deal when police carried out the raid.

Jihadist Twitter accounts identified the two men who were killed in the raid as Radwan Haqawi and Tareq Jadoun. Prosecutors said the men had opened fire with combat weapons when police intervened.

Sudpresse reported that two young men -- whose names they spelt as Redwane Hajaoui and Tarik Jadaoun -- had left Verviers for Syria and had returned to their home town without their parents knowledge.

"Redwane Hajaoui is apparently one of the victims," Sudpresse wrote on its website.

© 2015 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Bettysenior posted:

    on 17th January 2015, 15:43:03 - Reply

    The growing problem that will totally ignite and unleash the unseen terrorist threat within us, is the vastly growing and escalating problem of inequality. Even programmes are now expressing this where billionaires are stating that eventually if things do not change and a redistribution of wealth does not start to happen, they will be dragged out into the streets and be killed with their families. Therefore this realism is becoming more of a reality it appears by the year and where according to the latest BBC programme on the threat, people will take the law into their own hands. When that happens the terrorists residing within will come out of the woodwork in the hundreds if not the thousands and where the two combined together will create the perfect storm against the people and humanity. Therefore we have to start taking seriously the growing effects of inequality as it is the ultimate fuse that has the propensity to cause absolute devastation. For remember as history has shown, when governments deploy troops against the people in the streets, these troops usually and eventually side with the people, as they are predominantly from the 90% class who are being affected by vast inequality. For inequality is still growing and where as a current example thousands of Goldman Sachs employees (bankers et al) are to receive on average $245,000 out of a total distributed pot for bonuses, salaries and expenses of $12.69 billion. Is it no wonder that inequality incites a growing reasoning of reaction by the people and their feeling of taking the law into their own hands - for they see no other alternative. Basically it cannot continue for our own good and the good of the nations that we hold so dear - ' Radicalisation of the West by Islam and the Reasons Why this HAS HAPPENED and WHY IT WILL CONTUINUE TO HAPPEN' -