Sami Haenen, at the Liège Assize Court.

The first “Facebook” trial at the Assizes is a demonstration of the urgency of legislating. Sami Haenen has never been as popular as after his long detention and trial …

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Par Laurence Wauters

Published on 10/13/2021 6:51 PM
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Lhe Flémallois Sami Haenen, 34, was found guilty on Wednesday at the Liège Assize Court of press offense and verbal threats after broadcasting writings and a video in which he said he wanted to attack the women, and in particular to feminists, against whom he appeared particularly acerbic. He was acquitted of inciting hatred against women, and Advocate General Brigitte Goblet had requested against him a three-year prison sentence with a partial probationary suspension, conditioned in particular on psychological follow-up, professional training and stopping posting videos on the web. He had accepted all the conditions, except the latter, his counsel, Me Wilmotte, invoking the need for his client “not to be cut off from the world”. After three hours of deliberation, the first Belgian to be prosecuted for a press offense via social networks was sentenced to 12 months in prison with a probationary suspension of two years.

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