Terrorist suspect "didn't know there were explosives in the car"

Ergün Top, the lawyer defending the Iranian-Belgian man suspected of planning a terrorist attack on a meeting of the Iranian opposition outside Paris together with his partner, claims that his client was "set up" and didn't know there were explosives in his car.

The Belgians of Iranian heritage are suspected of being about to commit an atrocity at a meeting of the Iranian opposition in Villepinte attended by 25,000 people.  The couple were stopped in Brussels with a detonator and explosives in their vehicle.

Mr Top says his client was misled: "He didn’t know they were going to explode a bomb.  He didn't know there were explosives in the car.  My client is balled over by the whole affair."

The woman's lawyer has been unwilling to say whether his client was aware of the explosives in the car.

A Belgian court on Friday decided to keep the couple in custody.  Due to the prison guards’ strike the couple were not able to attend the court session and explain themselves.  Their defence lawyers say that their rights have been infringed.

Ergün Top: "My client takes another view to that which was reported in the newspapers.  He had wanted to put this to the judge as is his right.  Due to the prison guards’ strike his rights are being infringed."