Brussels terror trial begins with scandal – Belgium and the processing of a national trauma
Ten defendants are on trial in Brussels for the Islamist terrorist attacks of March 2016. Among them was Salah Abdeslam, the only surviving assassin in Paris. The trial becomes a monster process under the highest security precautions – and it begins with a controversy.
Six years after the Islamist double attacks by three suicide bombers in Brussels that killed 32 and seriously injured more than 300, Belgium is starting to come to terms with a national trauma. In the old NATO headquarters on the outskirts of the city, which has been converted into a high-security courtroom, ten men will have to answer to more than 900 joint plaintiffs.