In January a 22-year-old man was beaten up by a group of 8 youths, five of whom live in the Turnhout area. The assault was filmed by CCTV cameras. Images of the assault were shown on Dutch television and caused outrage across the Netherlands.
Some of the suspects gave themselves up to the Dutch police. Belgian police questioned the five suspects from Turnhout.
The Antwerp court has now ruled that two of them, one of whom a minor, can be extradited. However, it’s still not certain that the two will be sent to face justice in the Netherlands, as the minor’s lawyer Freddy Mols has said that he intends to take the case to the Court of Cassation.
Mr Mols says that he decided to do so as “There are European rules against the extradition of minors.”
Three other suspects that are resident in Belgium won’t be extradited as the Dutch public prosecutor no longer requires their extradition as they only watched the assault and didn’t strike or kick the man.