Victims of the 2016 Brussels terror attacks can now follow the litigation process online wherever are their location.
Six years had passed since the Islamic State suicide bombers attacked Brussels airport and metro on March 22. 2016. Their merciless approach left 32 people dead and injured hundreds more in central Europe.
Preliminary Hearings on 2016 Brussels Terror Attacks Trial Begin
A Brussels court will conduct preliminary hearings on Monday (Sept 12), in the litigation of 10 people. They are facing charges of the most disastrous attacks in Belgium’s post-war history. It includes the “10th man” of the November 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam.
Victims of the 2016 catastrophic terrorism can keep abreast of trial proceedings online. The Brussels Court of Assize will facilitate a radio transmission. The broadcast is going to be finite to a sound recording with a half-hour delay. It’s the decision made by the court’s president.
“This decision is justified by the enormous number of victims residing overseas, but also by the Justitia building’s restricted reception capacity in light of this large number,” said Anne Leclercq, court judge and spokesperson.
Moreover, the communication will depend on the circumstances, such as only recognized victims of the case and their attorneys will have access to the program. It also includes any saving or recording of data or speech during the trial is forbidden.
What Happened During the Attacks?
Several attacks took place simultaneously on March 22, 2016. During that terrible day here are what happened:
Double Airport Explosions
Three men arrived at Brussels airport on the morning of March 22, 2016, riding a taxi. They were seen on the CCTV footage walking alongside each other, pushing trolleys carrying bags full of explosives.
The third man left his bag on the floor and fled the scene before the attack. The first suicide bomber, Ibrahim El Bakraoui, detonated his bomb at 7:58 am. The second attacker, Najim Laachraoui activated his explosives, which created a stronger detonation. Due to the powerful blasts, the terminal windows were smashed while part of the roof fell.
Annihilation in the Metro
A blow-up shattered the Maelbeek metro station at around 9:11 am. Khalid El Bakraoui exploded his bombs on a train. He was the younger brother of the first airport bomber and was wanted for his connection with Paris attackers.
IS, Behind the 2016 Brussels Terror Attacks & Heinous Bombings
On the same day afternoon, the Islamic State admitted they are behind the heinous bombings. They pointed out Belgium’s part in the US-led affiliation fighting against IS in Iraq and Syria.
Investigators captured Mohamed Abrini and Osama Krayem, who steered Khalid El Bakraoui to the Maelbeek metro station. However, he didn’t board the train. They are among the ten suspects in the 2016 Brussels attacks. It also includes Abdeslam who is sentenced for the Paris attack. He now braces for a second trial in Belgium.
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