Khat is a plant native to the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. Among communities from countries in these areas, khat chewing has a history as a social custom dating back thousands of years. Khat contains an amphetamine-like stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria.
Since 1980 the WHO has classed as a “drug of abuse” that can produce “mild to moderate” dependency.
The man has been handed over to the Halle-Vilvoorde Judicial Authorities. They will decided on Monday whether he is to remain in custody.