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Belgium frees 14 suspected militants

Belgium frees 14 suspected militants

Belgian federal prosecutors said yesterday that 14 suspected Islamists held for allegedly planning to free an al-Qaida sympathizer from prison had been released for lack of evidence.
"All these people were freed overnight in the absence of sufficient evidence against them," prosecution spokeswoman Lieve Pellens told Agence France-Presse.
She stressed however that investigations continued into the alleged plot to free Nizar Trabelsi, who was sentenced in 2004 to 10 years in jail for planning an attack on a military base in Belgium thought to house US nuclear missiles.
The case "remains as significant as it was on Friday" when the 14 suspects were arrested, she said, adding that the extra security measures taken in Brussels in response to the alleged attack were still in place.
Among those arrested on Friday morning was Malika El Aroud, a Belgian of Afghan origin and the widow of one of the killers of Afghan anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Masood in 2001.
In June, a Swiss court jailed her new husband, Moez Garsallaoui, for running Web sites that supported extremist Islamist groups, and gave her a six-month suspended sentence for aiding a terrorist organization and complicity in depicting violence.
The target of the alleged jail break, Trabelsi, was arrested on September 13, 2001, two days after the attacks in New York and Washington, in a Brussels apartment in possession of a list of chemicals which could be used to make bombs.


Updated : 2021-06-25 00:29 GMT+08:00