Brussels 2016 Bombing Attack Suspects to Face Trial

The ten 2016 Brussels bombings suspects have been ordered to stand trial in connection with the attacks which killed 32 people and injured hundreds.

The ten 2016 Brussels bombings suspects have been ordered to stand trial in connection with the attacks which killed 32 people and injured hundreds.

The federal prosecutor had initially asked for eight of 13 suspects to stand trial but judges sent 10 to trial.  

Among the accused were 31-year-old Salah Abdeslam, who is also involved in the Paris gun and bomb attacks, Mohamed Abrini, and Osama Krayem, 28, who allegedly accompanied bombers to the metro.    

Abdeslam is allegedly the only survivor of the team that carried out the attack and is the prime suspect for masterminding the Brussels attacks.

The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said that the Brussels Chamber of the Council also decided that charges against three other suspects should be dismissed because there was insufficient evidence.

Of the 13 main suspects, the prosecutor’s office said that 8 should be referred to the criminal court of assizes which handles terrorism cases. 

The case of the suspects would be transferred to the Belgian Court of Appeals, to schedule a Chamber for Indictments.

The 10 defendants are expected to be tried in front of a jury in the second half of 2022, after the French trial finishes. 


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