Brussels Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Torture with Complete Loss of Organ – Court of Appeal’s Decision

2023-12-21 16:14:00

The court of appeal sentenced a 40-year-old Brussels resident to 15 years in prison for torture with complete loss of an organ, the Brussels prosecutor’s office said in a press release on Thursday. The decision dates from December 15.

On November 6, 2016, in Ixelles, Lebanon Moustapha Hassan had his eyes gouged out in the middle of the street on the evening of November 6 at Place du Champ de Mars, near Porte de Namur, in Ixelles. He was hospitalized in serious condition and his life was in danger for several days.

The victim, a Djiboutian opponent, denounced a “political crime”.

“A reconstruction of the facts showed that after a lively political discussion which had taken place the day before, the defendant attacked the victim on the public highway, inflicting violent blows on him and finally gouging out both of his eyes with his hands”, exposes the Brussels public prosecutor’s office. This one denounces facts “exceptionally serious”who “demonstrate extreme cruelty”.

The Brussels criminal court sentenced the defendant last March to 9 years in prison and a forfeiture of his civil rights for 10 years. The defendant and the public prosecutor appealed.

The Brussels Court of Appeal was more severe, imposing a sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment as well as a forfeiture of the defendant’s civil rights and his right to vote for a period of 15 years. Arrested at the hearing on December 15, he was imprisoned directly after the judgment was delivered.

Court of Appeal “completely followed the public prosecutor in its requisitions”who had requested a heavier sentence than at first instance “due to the savagery and ultimate barbarity of the acts committed which demonstrate absolute contempt by the accused for others”concludes the prosecution.

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