31 March 2012
A terrorism trial in Mechelen, Belgium has commenced involving three Dutchmen of Moroccan origin. The men are accused of participating in terrorist activities, including plotting but not executing a terrorist attack. They are also alleged to have recruited Islamists to train in camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. The fourteen defendants on trial include in addition to the three Dutchmen: three Russians of Chechen origin and eight Belgians of Moroccan origin.