Jef Vermassen's colleague, Sven Mary, has rubbished Vermassen's pronouncements. Mr Mary also wondered what these pronouncements are based on: "Has he got any figures that other people haven't got?"
Sven Mary, who unlike Jef Vermassen has greater experience of acting in French-speaking courts, told the VRT: "Each court has its own customs. Some judges are stricter than others. His pronouncements provide a perfect one-liner for political parties seeking separatism."
Sven Mary represented gunman Nordine Amrani between 2002 and 2004.