Woman freed because strike delayed her trial

A woman is being released from prison because a strike among security staff means the start of her trial has been delayed for too long.  The woman stands accused of international drug trafficking and has been on remand for over a year.

The woman is supposed to stand trial with a dozen other defendants in a case of international drug trafficking through Brussels Airport.  Her case should have been heard last month, but as security staff charged with ferrying prisoners to and from court buildings, went on strike this never happened.  The case had to be postponed allowing her lawyer to gain her liberty.  The woman's medical issues were also a factor.

Security staff working at the Brussels Courts of Justice have struck on five occasions in only two weeks.  Staff are unhappy they are being integrated into the federal police security directorate that ensures security at rail stations, his airport, nuclear sites and national and international government buildings.

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