Sharia4Belgium spokesman could be free man soon

A judge in Antwerp has ruled that Sharia4Belgium spokesman Fouad Belkacem may be released conditionally. Fouad Belkacem is currently in gaol to face charges of incitement to hatred and violence directed at people of a different faith.

An examining magistrate arrested the Sharia4Belgium spokesman last June to face charges in
connection with incitement to hatred and violence directed at people of a different faith.

Fouad Belkacem had posted a video on the internet following the arrest of a young woman in the Brussels borough of Molenbeek who had refused to remove her full face veil. In the video Belkacem called on people to punish the police officers who detained the woman.

A Belgian judge has now ruled that there are no grounds to keep the Sharia4Belgium spokesman in gaol any longer. Fouad Belkacem will not be allowed to post any more videos on the internet or seek contact with the media.

If Antwerp prosecutors decide to appeal against the court's decision Fouad Belkacem will have to stay in prison at least for a further two weeks.