The hearing will seek to draw up a list of witnesses who will testify when the court begins its judgment procedure on October 13. That is unless the trial is further delayed. Defence barristers are unhappy that the defendants will be made to sit in individual secure glass cubicles while they are on trial.
At the Paris terror trial, the defendants were put into one large secure area behind glass together. If the defence barristers’ objections are upheld work will need to be carried out at the courtroom that could well see the start of the trial proper being put back.
Terrorist attacks shook Brussels
On the morning of 22 March, 2016, three coordinated suicide bombings at Zaventem Airport and on the Brussels metro killed 32 people and paralysed the city. The first attack took place at the airport. 16 people died there. Just over an hour later, another blast occurred in the Maalbeek metro station, killing another 16 people.
Three terrorists that carried out the attacks also died. More than 340 were injured in the blasts.
The so-called Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.