Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - 12:35
Jihad suspects to court over "humiliating" strip searches
A number of suspected jihadists are turning to the court to complain about the "humiliating situations" in which they must undress and lift their genitals to be searched each time they have contact with the outside world. The suspects want a milder regime, or at least one that is personally tailored to them. This was confirmed by lawyer André Seebregts, RTL reports. Seegbregts is the lawyer of Azzedine C., alias Abou Moussa, who is suspected of recruiting for the jihad and sedition, and two other suspected jihadists. They are imprisoned in the terrorist department in Vught. Each time after they've had any contact with the outside world, they have to undress, bend over and lift their genitals so that they can be searched. For the suspected jihadists, this is enough reason not to go to the courtroom to defend themselves against the allegations against them. They are also under constant surveillance and their conversations are eavesdropped on. In addition to their phone calls, there are also microphones in the corridors and common areas, Seebregts said. The lawyer has submitted an official request for transfer. He will turn to court if he doesn't get a response.