In Brussels, a trial has started against 7 radical Muslims. The defendants are facing terrorism charges. They are suspected of planning a terrorist attack in Brussels, and of recruiting new members for Al Qaeda on Belgian soil for the "holy war" in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to their lawyers, there is no proof that they actually had plans to carry out a terrorist attack.Sheik Bassam is Bassam Ayachi. Abdelrahman Ayachi's lawyer told the court: "My client is originally from Syria. He's currently there and is committing terrorist acts against the regime of president Assad. (...) He's doing in Syria, with support of the UN, the same things for which he is being charged here in Brussels today. In Iraq he fought against the Americans. That's not allowed. In Syria he's fighting against Assad and that's OK. Whether someone is a terrorist or a hero now depends mainly on the geo-strategic interests of our country."
One of the suspects is the son of sheik Bassam, a radical imam who was recently convicted in Italy, receiving 8 years' imprisonment. The suspect did not show up in Brussels today, he is said to be fighting the Assad regime in Syria.
Updated: Abdelrahim was previously convicted for inciting hatred against Jews, but some of the charges were dropped on appeal.