Speaking on Dutch TV Mr Vermassen spoke of the ease at which criminals could get hold of Kalashnikovs in Liège or Charleroi: "A year ago I was involved in a case in which a woman police officer had been shot by immigrants hailing from Francophone Belgium. They too had purchased a Kalashnikov from their criminal contacts. There it's so much easier."
Mr Vermassen also spoke of the deep roots of the mafia in the Liège area: "It's got a lot to do with the coal mines. I don't want to be racist, but they attracted a lot of foreigners and part of them are mafia."
The lawyer also says that the early release from gaol that Amrani enjoyed is symptomatic of how justice operates in Wallonia: "The question is should you give a repeat offender the opportunity to be paroled as soon as possible. It's a fact that in Francophone Belgium's it's easier to be paroled and that this happens sooner in Wallonia. In Flanders strict conditions are set and compliance is also checked. I don't know if this happens in Wallonia. It's a different world. There is a different mentality also in the field of justice."
Mr Vermassen also says that he recognised several traits of a mass murderer in Amrani's behaviour:"I would have expected him to kill in the Court of Justice (on the Place Saint-Lambert), but he may have thought that there were too many police. It's typical of mass murderers that they want to die. His life was worthless, but his death was glorious."