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Belgium court sentences prominent far-right activist Dries Van Langenhove to prison

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Dries Van Langenhove, chief of the Belgian far-right motion Schild & Vrienden, was sentenced on Tuesday to at least one 12 months in jail and fined €24,000 ($26, 249 ). The Ghent Correctional Court docket issued its verdict within the case towards Van Langenhove and 6 different defendants who have been all charged with violations of racism and negationism legal guidelines, together with Holocaust denial.

The case towards Van Langenhove and his co-defendants was joined by a number of civil events, together with two NGOs, Unia and the Human Rights League, the College of Ghent, a former VTR-broadcast worker and former Justice of the Peace Henri Heimans.

Van Langenhove and his co-defendants confronted a number of costs throughout the trial. Nonetheless, solely Van Langenhove was discovered responsible on all counts, which encompassed a number of violations of Belgian regulation. These embody the membership in a company advocating discrimination and segregation; the denial, minimization, justification, or approval of the Holocaust; the dissemination of racist concepts and racial superiority; the incitement to discrimination, segregation, hate, and violence primarily based on nationality, pores and skin colour and ethnic origin; in addition to the unlawful sale or providing of pepper spray.

In its ruling, the correctional courtroom in Ghent barred Van Langenhove from holding public workplace for 10 years. 5 of his co-defendants additionally obtained brief jail phrases and one obtained a conditional suspended sentence. Though the ruling is deemed a victory by all civil events, each Van Langenhove and plenty of co-defendants have already announced their intention to enchantment the decision on the Court docket of Attraction.

Van Langenhove is the founder and chief of the Flemish far-right youth motion Schild & Vrienden and a former member of parliament for Vlaams Belang, a Flemish nationalist right-wing social gathering. Van Langenhove, in addition to a number of members of Schild & Vrienden, got here underneath scrutiny after a Pano documentary in 2018 uncovered the interior workings of the group. It revealed a sample of sharing racist, sexist and denialist memes amongst its members in a closed group chat. Consequently, the Belgian Prosecutor’s Workplace initiated a judicial investigation into the matter, resulting in the group being subjected to prison investigation and surveillance since 2019.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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