Schild & Vrienden: the hearing began in front of the council chamber, in the presence of several protagonists

Three suspects are present in person but the principal, Dries Van Langenhove, independent federal deputy of the Vlaams Belang group in the Chamber, is represented by his lawyer Hans Rieder. The East Flanders public prosecutor’s office had opened an investigation after the broadcast on September 5, 2018 of a report by the Pano program showing that members of the student movement were posting racist and anti-Semitic messages on private discussion forums. Dries Van Langenhove, his figurehead, was officially charged in June 2019. He was later released on conditions. One of these included a visit to the Dossin barracks in Mechelen, a memorial, museum and documentation center on the Holocaust and human rights.

In this case, the prosecution of East Flanders requests the dismissal of the founder of the movement, Dries Van Langenhove, independent federal deputy of the Vlaams Belang group in the Chamber, and 11 other people before the criminal court.

The Chamber lifted its parliamentary immunity in March 2021, in plenary session.

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