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‘Meirterrorist’ risking 2 years in prison for weapons possession and drug use: He had no terrorist motive
Antwerp, a Frenchman, Mohamed R., in 2017 panic sowed by the Meir in Antwerp to drive, risking 2 years in prison and a fine for illegal possession of weapons, drug use and some traffic violations. It was first thought that the forty-something is an attack wanted to commit, but he turned out to be no terrorist motive.

The Antwerp town was on Thursday, 23 march 2017, shortly after 11 a.m. in an uproar. A man with a red Citroën was a quarter of an hour previously like a fool on the Meir ridden. Two patrolling soldiers had the man try to stop but he ignored their commands. The driver drove through the red light at the Meirbrug and beat on the flight.

The police announced immediately alarm. The snelleresponteam (SRT) took the red Citroën finally back on the Scheldekaaien. In the truck was Mohamed R. to the ‘chill out’. He was dazed from the cocaine and moonshine. In his suitcase the police found a disassembled riotgun, a airsoftwapen, a sierdolk, several clasp knives, a military camouflagevest, a stolen laptop and six stolen identity documents.

Initially thought the police is that of Antwerp to a possible attack had escaped. A day earlier, Belgium had responded en masse to the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Zaventem and Maelbeek remembered. Mayor Bart De Wever, and the chief were there as the chickens at about the foiled attack on the Meir’ a press conference to organize. After the facts, the city council additional security measures in the Meir. At the entrance of the busiest shopping street in Flanders are now, for example, heavy verdwijnpalen.

But further research revealed, however, that Mohamed R. anything but terrorist motives. He turned out to be a man, to roesmiddelen addict, criminal. R. was made a few days earlier together with his girlfriend to Antwerp come to the party. In the days prior to the ride on the Meir, he was already a number of times with the Antwerp police come in contact.

“I was lost the way and ben accidentally that street in turn drove up”, said R. his raid on the City during the police questioning. “Passers-by did all the time character to me like I was crazy. I am but a faster drive. Soldiers I have not seen. I am also not by the red-driven, perhaps, by the orange. Then I have my car parked. I wanted something to relax and put the music a little louder, and lit a cigarette. Then I was suddenly arrested.”

The federal public prosecutor's office is persecuting Mohamed R. for the weapons in his car were found, the possession and purchase of cocaine, receiving stolen goods, a stolen laptop and driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. Attorney Ester Natus demanded Friday a prison sentence of 2 years, as well as a driving ban of three months and a 9.600 euro fine advanced, of which 800 euros with delay. “Due to his heavy substance use, he is permanently geïntoxiceerd,” said Ester Natus. “He does not realize that he, as other road users in danger, and how much commotion he was not caused. Also his penchant for weapons, which he grijpensklaar in his car, makes him a danger to society.”

the process was Friday feestvriend of Mohamed R. visit. Dimitri V. S. from Wommelgem risk a fine of 8,000 euros for the possession and purchase of cocaine. His lawyer pleaded for a suspension.

Judgment on 24 may.

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