In addition to police officers being present, a police helicopter flew in circles over the courthouse. Everyone wishing to attend the trial was frisked. These extra safety measures were taken because the court had been tipped off. Fouad Belkcacem, one of the key figures to stand trial, was planning to escape. The court of justice has confirmed that there were clear indications that Belkacem was plotting a getaway. However, it is not precisely known what these plans precisely entailed.
Belkacem’s attorney John Maes was surprised by this news. “There are a lot of rumours doing the rounds about my client, possibly meant to discredit him. I’m sure that this is another attempt.”