Moroccan Islamist Fouad Belkacem to Question Losing Belgian Citizenship

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Rabat – The Antwerp Court of Appeal ordered Belkacem’s Belgian nationality to be stripped on October 23, saying he represents a permanent threat to public security and breached his obligations as a Belgian citizen.

Belkacem was jailed in 2015 as the leader of the “Sharia4Belgium” group that recruited jihadists, dozens of whom went to Syria.

Belkacem’s lawyer, Liliane Verjauw, confirmed Belkacem’s appeal to the Belgian outlet Belga News Agency.

The lawyer, however, did not specify which elements of the judgment her client will appeal, but said they have one month to build their case.

Verjauw added that she will do everything she can to bring the case before the European Court of Human Rights.

Fouad Belkacem received 27 convictions in the police court and 9 in the correctional court.

He has been charged with robbery, threats, destruction, rebellion, defamation, racism, harassment, and violation of honor and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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