Brussels attack trial: Lengthy sentences handed down
The individuals responsible for the 2016 Brussels attacks, resulting in the deaths of 32 individuals, were sentenced to long periods of incarceration by a Belgian court on Friday.
According to the Belga news agency, six individuals convicted of murder and attempted murder in July have been sentenced to imprisonment for periods ranging from 20 years to life.
The largest trial in Belgian history comes to an end with the announcement of the verdict.
The attacks on the airport and metro station were claimed by the terror group known as the “Islamic State” (IS).
The verdict marks the conclusion of the biggest trial ever held in Belgium.
Salah Abdeslam, a French citizen who was convicted in July, did not receive an extra prison term as he was already serving a sentence for his involvement in the 2015 Paris attacks, resulting in the death of 130 individuals.
He was the sole remaining individual from the group of terrorists that attacked the Bataclan theatre and France’s national stadium.
After the massacre, he escaped to Brussels and took refuge in an apartment for a duration of four months. Shortly before the Brussels bombings, he was apprehended and it was discovered that he had collaborated in planning the attack.
Three individuals who were found guilty were given life sentences, while two others received imprisonment for 30 and 20 years respectively.
The trial commenced towards the conclusion of the previous year and took place with stringent security measures at the refurbished ex-base of the NATO military alliance.
kb/wd (dpa, Reuters AFP)