It was in 2007 that Noureddine Cheikhni (below) killed police officer Kitty Van Nieuwenhuysen during a police intervention in Lot (Flemish Brabant). He got 30 years but was now eligible for early release after serving a third of the sentence.
"This is a blow to Kitty's parents and colleagues" says trades unionist Joery Dehaes. "We doubt that Noureddine Cheikhni meets all the conditions for probation. It's a downright scandal and unacceptable that a stronger signal against police violence wasn't dispatched. Now we know the value of the life of a police officer."
In 2013 Belgium tightened conditions for probation, but as the police killer was sentenced before then, they do not apply in this case.